Rose Reins (Technician)

Rose joined the lab in January 2005. A graduate of Baylor University, Waco, TX with several years lab experience already under her belt, she contributes to all aspects of life in the lab and makes sure we are always well stocked with supplies. Rose will become an official graduate student next semester in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program in the McDermott lab. She loves to exercise, and bake, and is tremendously enjoying being a mom to daughter Lily.


Satya Sree Kolar Ph. D (Post Doctoral Fellow)

Satya joined UHCO as a Post-doctoral research fellow in January 2009 following her PhD from Texas A&M University. Since joining the lab she has been working on the effect of corneal injury and infection on antimicrobial peptide expression. In addition, Satya is also working on projects in collaboration with the Chemistry department. Satya loves to travel around the country and world if possible. Else, she enjoys her time off from work with her family and friends.



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.



Qiong Liu (Research Assistant)

Qiong Liu's research interest are: biology and pathophysiology of nerve growth factor at the ocular surface and function and kinetics of monocyte lineage cells in the cornea.


Joseph Manarang (Graduate Student)

Joseph graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of the Philippines, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Intent on chasing an avenue for higher learning, he then pursued his PhD degree by joining the Physiologic Optics and Vision Science program at the UH College of Optometry in 2007. Joseph joined the McDermott lab in 2008 and has since been obsessed with cell death. His research interests include the cytotoxic profiles of antimicrobial peptides and induction of apoptosis in uveal melanomas and retinoblastomas. When he's not busy killing cancer cells in the lab, Joseph adores spending time with his two wonderful daughters.