Research Interest

  • Biochemistry, Physiology, and Pathophysiology of the Ocular Surface
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biophysics of Lipids
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biophysics of the Tear Film and Meibum
  • Drug Discovery
  • Enzymology
  • Genomics and Metabolomics of the Eye
  • Meibomian Gland Studies


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

A role for ELOVL4 in the mouse meibomian gland and sebocyte cell biology.
McMahon A, Lu H, Butovich IA Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2014 Mar
Differential scanning calorimetric evaluation of human meibomian gland secretions and model lipid mixtures: Transition temperatures and cooperativity of melting.
Lu H, Wojtowicz JC, Butovich IA Chem. Phys. Lipids 2013 Apr
The Spectrophotometric Sulfo-Phospho-Vanillin Assessment of Total Lipids in Human Meibomian Gland Secretions.
McMahon A, Lu H, Butovich IA Lipids 2013 Jan

Honors & Awards

  • Current NIH award
    R01EY027349 (2017)
  • Current NIH award
    R01EY024324 (2016)
  • NIH R01 research awards (recent)
    R01EY01948-01A1S1; R01EY019480 (2010-2016)
  • The Royal Society of Medicine, London, United Kingdom
    Overseas Fellow (2010)
  • National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
    Senior Research Fellow, Bioorganic Chemistry (1997)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, North Texas Eye Research Institute, UNT Health Sciences Center, Fort Worth, TX (2016)
  • International Society for Eye Research (ISER) (2014)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) (2005)