Mentoring Vision Research in Oklahoma
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


For additional Info on Dr. Robert E. Anderson check out these sites:

Dean McGee Eye Institute Faculty Website

Cell Biology Faculty Website


The PI is Robert E. Anderson, MD, PhD, Professor of the Department of Cell Biology, Dean A. McGee Professor of Ophthalmology, and Director of Research at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute. Prior to moving to the OUHSC in 1995, Dr. Anderson was on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas for 26 years. Dr. Anderson has a long track record of vision research with two currently funded R01 grants from the NEI (one for 39 years and the other for 31 years) and one from The Foundation Fighting Blindness. He is also PI on an NIH NEI P30 Vision Core Center Grant and a Foundation Fighting Blindness Center Grant. He has over 30 years of administrative experience, including Program Director of an NIH T32 training grant at Baylor. He was Director of the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience from 1995 to 1999 and was Chairman of Cell Biology from May 1998 to July 2007. In addition, he reviewed core, training, and clinical trial grant applications for the NEI as a member of the Vision Research Program Committee (1977-81). As a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NEI, he reviewed intramural programs (1983-87). He is a regular member of an NIH/NEI Special Emphasis Panel that reviews R01, U13, R24, and R03 applications. Dr. Anderson has served on editorial boards of vision and neuroscience journals, including Neurochemistry International, Journal of Neuroscience Research, Current Eye Research, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and Experimental Eye Research. He has been active in professional organizations and served as Trustee (1991-97) and Vice-President (1996-97) of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and Counselor (1988-92), Treasurer (1992-95), President Elect (2002-03) and President (2004-2008) of the International Society for Eye Research. He and two colleagues have organized biennial scientific meetings on retinal degenerations since 1984. Dr. Anderson has published over 250 scientific papers and has edited 10 books on the visual system.

His long track record of mentoring research investigators includes five who are now full professors, two associate professors, and seven assistant professors in academic institutions around the world; seven have achieved NIH R01 or comparable funding. As Cell Biology chair, he recruited eight new faculty members, two of whom are vision researchers.