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Tracy Nguyen, OD, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor

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Dr. Nguyen joined the University Eye Center in 2012. Much of her work focuses on research related to diseases of the cornea.


Eye Care for Adults

Affiliations and Recognition

Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry

Additional Languages Spoken



PhD, Indiana University, 2012
OD, University of Houston, 1999
BA, Texas A&M University, 1992


Schmedt T, Chen Y, Nguyen TT, Li S, Bonanno JA, Jurkunas UV. Telomerase immortalization of human corneal endothelial cells yields functional hexagonal monolayers. PloS One. 1012; 7 (12) in press.

Nguyen T, Bonanno JA. Lactate:H+ transport is a significant component of the in vivo corneal endothelial pump. . Invest Opththalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Apr 18, 53(4):2020-9.

Nguyen TT, Bonanno J. Bicarbonate, NBCe1, NHE, and carbonic anhydrase activity enhance lactate-H+ transport in bovine corneal endothelium. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Oct 17;52(11):8086-93.

Liu C, Cheng Q, Nguyen T, Bonanno JA. Knockdown of NBCe1 in vivo compromises the corneal endothelial pump. Invest Opththalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Oct;51(10):5190-7.

Cheng Q, Nguyen T, Song H, Bonanno J. Hypoxia protects human corneal endothelium from tertiary butyl hydroperoxide and paraquat-induced cell death in vitro. Exp Biol Med 2007 Mar; 232(3):445-53.

Soni PS, Nguyen TT and XO Overnight Orthokeratology group, Overnight Orthokeratology experience with XO material, Eye and Contact Lens Journal, 2006 32(1): 39-45.

Siatkowski RM, Cotter S, Miller JM, Scher CA, Crockett RS, Novack GD, Soni PS, Nguyen TT, for the Pirenzepine Study Group, safety and Efficacy of 2% Pirenzepine Ophthalmic Gel in Children With Myopia; A 1-year A 1-Year, Multicenter, Double-Masked, Placebo-Controlled Parallel Study. Arch Ophthalmol 2004; 122:1667-74.

Soni PS, Nguyen TT and Bonanno J, Overnight Orthokeratology: refractive and corneal recovery following discontinuation of reverse geometry lenses, Eye and Contact Lens Journal, 2004 30(4): 254-262.

Soni, PS and Nguyen TT, Overnight Orthokeratology: visual and corneal changes, Eye and Contact Lens Journal, 2003 29(3): 137-145.

Bonanno Joseph, Nguyen T, Biehl Trina, Soni PS. “Can variability in corneal metabolism explain the variability in corneal swelling?” Eye and Contact Lens Journal, 29(1S): S7-9, 2003.

Nguyen T, Soni PS, Brizendine E., Bonanno JA  “Variability in hypoxia-induced corneal swelling is associated with variability in corneal metabolism and endothelial function.  Eye and contact Lens Journal, 2003, 29 (2): 117-125

Bonanno Joseph, Stickel Tom, Nguyen Tracy, Biehl Trina, Carter Donna, Benjamin William, Soni PS, Direct Estimation of Human Corneal Oxygen Consumption by Non-invasive Measurement of Tear Oxygen Tension While Wearing Hydrogel Contact Lenses, Invest. Ophthalmol & Vision Sci, 43: 371-376, 2002