Meet the PI

V. Vinod Mootha, M.D.

V. Vinod Mootha, M.D.

V. Vinod Mootha, M.D. is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His laboratory is based in the McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development at UT Southwestern. Dr. Mootha leads a research team dedicated to corneal disorders. 

Dr. Mootha received his B.S. (summa cum laude) in Biology at Baylor University. He then received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin, he completed a fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at UT Southwestern.

In 2004, Dr. Mootha was recruited to UT Southwestern to implement less-invasive types of corneal transplant procedures for patients with Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy and other corneal diseases. In 2012, Dr. Mootha was awarded his founding NIH grant, which supported his transition to becoming a surgeon-scientist focusing on the molecular genetic basis of Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy. The year 2012 also marked the establishment of his independent research laboratory at the UTSW Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development. In 2016, he was named the Paul T. Stoffel / Centex Professor in Clinical Care. In 2018, Dr. Mootha received the Scholar-Innovator Award from the Harrington Discovery Institute.

He is the author of over 73 peer-reviewed papers and has received funding from the NIH, Research to Prevent Blindness, and the Harrington Discovery Institute.

Please view his UT Southwestern Profile.