Sara M. Thomasy, DVM., Ph.D., DACVO

Neuroscience and Behavior Unit

Professor of Comparative Opthamology
Co-Chair of the Graduate Group in Integrative Pathobiology
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California, Davis

Dr. Sara Thomasy is a Professor dually appointed in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. She received her B.S. in Biology from The Ohio State University in 2000 and her DVM from UC Davis in 2005. She then completed a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from UC Davis in 2006. Following a 1-year small animal rotating internship at North Carolina State University, she completed a comparative ophthalmology residency at UC Davis in 2010. Dr. Thomasy is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology and served as a reviewer for several journals including Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Acta Biomaterialia and Ophthalmology. She is a core scientist at the California National Primate Research Center and directs the Vision Science Laboratory (VSL) there. Dr. Thomasy co-runs a large, interdisciplinary vision science laboratory with Drs. Christopher Murphy, Paul Russell, and Brian Leonard – the Murphy-Russell-Leonard-Thomasy (MRLT) lab. Her research interests include large animal models of ocular disease, corneal wound healing, glaucoma, ocular pharmacology and toxicology, and antiviral therapy for the management of feline herpesvirus.

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