Rachel Redfern (Graduate Student)
Rachel, was our first lab technician. She received her bachelor's degree in biology from Texas A&M University. In 2001, she joined the UHCO OD/PhD program and she then attained her OD in 2005. In 2006, Dr. Redfern received the Institutional Ruth Kirschstein National Research Post-doctorate Award, and the ARVO/Alcon Early Career Clinician-Scientist Research Award. In 2007, she received a four year National Institute of Health (NIH) K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Grant to investigate the role of Toll-Like Receptors in the pathogenesis of dry eye syndrome while she pursues her Ph.D. at UHCO.
Dr. Redfern also enjoys many interactions with optometry students. She is a guest lecturer in the General Pathology and Medicine Course to first year students, a Faculty Instructor in the Ocular Health Procedures Lab and she also serves as a Clinical Attending to second year optometry students. Dr. Redfern is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Optometry and the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society and also is a William C. Ezell Fellow. When not working in the lab, Rachel enjoys spending time at the park with her son and husband, cooking and art projects.