Ophthalmology Residents

William J. Foster, MD, PhD, FRCS(C)


Lynn Evans

2019 – 2020

Lynn was the research and animal technician for Dr. Ravi’s lab. While her undergraduate degree is in social work, she has six years of expertise in the clinical field of ophthalmology with skilled knowledge in the vitreous, retina, glaucoma, and fluorescein angiograms.

Lynn is a transplant from Baltimore, MD, and moved to St. Louis in March 2019. Lynn has two dogs, a ferret and is an avid animal lover.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Jue Liang, PhD

2014 – 2017

The Gateway race track is only 15 minutes from Ravi’s Lab for a good reason!

Currently: Principal Investigator, DuPont, Wilmington, DE (USA)

Joshua T. Davis, PhD

2013 – 2015

Josh Davis is a Biophysics PhD who worked in the Ravi lab on the development of a biomimetic vitreous substitute. During his time in the lab he learned many new aspects and techniques that he continues to use to this day!

Currently: Aeromedical Research Scientist, Venesco LLC, Oklahoma City, OK (USA)

Rinku Baid, PhD

Currently: Formulation Scientist, Biopharmaceutical Product Development, Medimmune, Gaithersburg, MD (USA)

Hongwei Du, PhD

2008 – 2012

Currently: Senior Research Scientist, BP, Naperville, IL (USA)

T. Eugene Day, PhD

2008 – 2011

Dr. Eugene Day serves as the Data Science Manager for Enterprise Anlaytics at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He specializes in the use of Discrete Event Simulation for analysis and management of complex systems. His research and practice as a Systems Engineer and Data Scientist concern the application of rigorous scientific and engineering methods to the delivery, improvement, and innovation of health care.

Currently: Data Science Manager, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle WA (USA)

Hyder A. Aliyar, PhD

2001 – 2005

Applying reversible thiol-disulfide crosslinking chemistry, Hyder worked on the design and synthesis of in-situ crosslinkable polymeric hydrogels as novel biomaterials for the development of injectable intraocular lens. He subsequently researched the same chemistry for the development of injectable vitreous substitute and also for the nanogel synthesis through intramolecular crosslinking towards the preparation of polymeric proteomimetics and nanocomposites.

Currently: Research Investigator, Healthcare Drug Delivery Technologies, DuPont, Midland, MI (USA)

Ram I. Mahato, PhD

1993 – 1994

During his postdoctoral appointment, Dr. Mahato worked on developing polymers suited for nanoparticle synthesis with applications for ocular drug delivery. Dr. Mahato is currently a professor and the chair of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Pharmacy, where he continues to pioneer pharmaceutics and drug delivery methods.

Currently: Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE (USA)

Doctoral Students

Sruthi Santhanam, PhD

2014 – 2017

“Two-component Hydrogel as Biomimetic Vitreous Substitutes (2017)”

Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (USA)

Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, PhD

2005 – 2008

“Design of in situ gelling biomimetic vitreous substitutes (2008)”

As a graduate student in Dr. Ravi’s lab, she characterized the viscoelastic properties of the vitreous humor and developed biomimetic hydrogel vitreous substitutes. Dr. Swindle-Reilly developed wound care products in industry prior to starting her current faculty position at Ohio State, where her research focuses on the design of polymeric biomaterials for soft tissue repair and drug delivery with focused applications in ophthalmology and wound healing.

Currently: Assistant Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ophthalmology and Visual Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (USA)

Matthew Reilly, PhD

2005 – 2008

“Optomechanics of ocular accommodation (2008)”

Currently, Dr. Reilly’s lab studies the biomechanics and mechanobiological responses of the eye to aging and trauma. Current projects include optic nerve injury modeling, experimental and computational modeling of lens growth and aging, and the effects of ocular biomechanical parameters on tonometry.

Currently: Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology and Visual Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (USA)

Medical / Pre-medical Students

Lev Axenov


Lev worked on conjugation of hyaluronic acid with side chains to be used as a vitreous substitute. He was a part of the Career Skills Program designed to support military service members transitioning out of the US armed forces and is sponsored by the DOD. Lev plans to further his career in medicine by attending medical school.

Currently: Margolis Lab, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (USA)

Dong Y. Lee, MD

2014 – 2015

Dong Lee, MD is currently a medical resident at the Department of Radiology at University of Texas Southwestern as part of the NIH-funded T32 program, which prepares junior radiologists interested in the career in academic radiology for developing a research program as an independent investigator. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Lee worked at Microsoft as a Software Development Engineer, and later earned his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Under the guidance of Dr. Ravi, Dr. Lee conducted a study to synthesize and characterize a bio-mimetic vitreous substitute consisting of biocompatible gellan and hyaluronic acid during his medical school years.

His current research interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence, medical imaging, computer graphics, and data science, with the primary goals of impacting automated medical image analysis and computer-aided detection.

Currently: Medical Resident, Department of Radiology, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX (USA)

Brian Rapp, MA, MD

2004 – 2005

Dr. Rapp earned a degree in biomedical engineering with mechanical engineering focus prior to his MA and MD. His work with Dr. Ravi focused on the biomechanical properties of porcine lens. Dr. Rapp is now a vascular surgeon at Franciscan Alliance (click here to see his video introduction).

Currently: Vascular Surgeon, Franciscan Alliance, Inc., Indianapolis, IN (USA)

Undergraduate Students