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Danielle M. Robertson completed her OD, PhD, at the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2002 and 2007 and is currently an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern. Dr. Robertson is a Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow in the British Contact Lens Association. Dr. Robertson serves on the editorial board for several journals, including The Ocular Surface and Eye and Contact Lens.

Dr. Robertson is a member of the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology, the American Society for Cell Biology, the American Society for Microbiology and the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles. She is also a council member for the International Society for Contact Lens Research. She was a two-time Ezell Fellow and a recipient of a prestigious Scientific Career Development Award from Research to Prevent Blindness.

Dr. Robertson has received scientific research awards from OneSight Research Foundation, the American Optometric Foundation, the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists Education and Research Foundation, Research to Prevent Blindness and the Eye Bank Association of America to support her work in the area of cornea and contact lenses. Her current NIH/NEI-funded research is aimed at elucidating the cellular and molecular signaling pathways that regulate corneal epithelial renewal mechanisms.


Undergraduate School
Washington State University (1996)
Other Post Graduate Training
University of Houston College of Optometry (2002)
Graduate School
University of Houston College of Optometry (2002)
Other Post Graduate Training
University of Houston College of Optometry (2007)
Graduate School
University of Houston College of Optometry (2007), Vision Science

Research Interest

  • Contact Lenses
  • Corneal Cell Biology
  • Corneal imaging
  • Diabetes
  • Exosomes and microvesicles
  • Sjögren's Syndrome


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Pseudomonas aeruginosa infectious keratitis in a high oxygen transmissible rigid contact lens rabbit model.
Wei CX, Zhu M, Petroll M, Robertson DM Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2014 Aug
The Impact of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus on Corneal Epithelial Nerve Morphology and the Corneal Epithelium.
Cai D, Zhu M, Petroll WM, Koppaka V, Robertson DM Am. J. Pathol. 2014 Aug
Multipurpose care solution-induced corneal surface disruption and Pseudomonas aeruginosa internalization in the rabbit corneal epithelium.
Posch LC, Zhu M, Robertson DM Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2014 May
Cornea and ocular surface disease: application of cutting-edge optometric research.
Robertson DM, Alexander LJ, Bonanno JA, Fleiszig SM, McNamara N Optom Vis Sci 2014 Apr 91 4 Suppl 1 S3-S16
Dumbleton K, Caffery B, Dogru M, Hickson-Curran S, Kern J, Kojima T, Morgan P, Purslow C, Robertson DM, Nelson JD Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2013 Sep
The effects of silicone hydrogel lens wear on the corneal epithelium and risk for microbial keratitis.
Robertson DM Eye Contact Lens 2013 Jan 39 1 67-72
Hypoxia-induced downregulation of ?Np63a in the corneal epithelium.
Robertson DM, Zhu M, Wu YC, Cavanagh HD Eye Contact Lens 2012 Jul 38 4 214-21
Elevated IGFBP3 levels in diabetic tears: a negative regulator of IGF-1 signaling in the corneal epithelium.
Wu YC, Buckner BR, Zhu M, Cavanagh HD, Robertson DM Ocul Surf 2012 Apr 10 2 100-7
Cellular distribution of the IGF-1R in corneal epithelial cells.
Robertson DM, Zhu M, Wu YC Exp. Eye Res. 2012 Jan 94 1 179-86
The impact of cellular debris on Pseudomonas aeruginosa adherence to silicone hydrogel contact lenses and contact lens storage cases.
Burnham GW, Cavanagh HD, Robertson DM Eye Contact Lens 2012 Jan 38 1 7-15

Honors & Awards

  • Diplomate, Cornea and Contact Lens Section, American Academy of Optometry
  • Career Development Award
    Research to Prevent Blindness (2008)
  • Scientific Research Award
    CLAO ERF (2007)
  • Scientific Research Award
    Eye Bank Association of America (2005)
  • W. C. Ezell Fellowship
    American Optometric Foundation (2005)
  • Clinical Scientist Career Developmental Award
    National Eye Institute (2004)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society for Exosomes and Microvesicles (2017)
  • International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (2017)
  • American Society for Microbiology (2015)
  • International Society for Contact Lens Research (2009)
  • American Society for Cell Biology (2005)
  • Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (2001)
  • American Academy of Optometry (2000)