Weiming Mao, PhD
Dr. Weiming Mao is an assistant professor at the North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) of the University of North Texas Health Science Center. His research interest is in the area of molecular pathology of the trabecular meshwork (TM), a specialized tissue that finely regulates the pressure inside the eye. He has dedicated his efforts to elucidating the disease mechanism of glaucomatous damage in the TM, as well as developing new research tools and therapies. At NTERI, Dr. Mao uses molecular biology and cell biology techniques, perfusion cultured eyes, and mouse models to determine cell signaling changes in the glaucomatous TM. He also works on potential therapeutic strategies to treat glaucoma. Dr. Mao’s overall goal is to find the cause of glaucomatous elevation of the pressure inside the eye, target the abnormal molecules or pathways, and find a safe and efficient way to correct them.
After obtaining his PhD degree in the area of vision science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Mao received his postdoctoral training and became a faculty member at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.