Vice Chair for Research, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Torrence A. Makley Research Professorship
Medical Retina-Ocular Oncology Fellowship Director
Director, Lions Research Laboratory
Director, Retina Research Laboratory

915 Olentangy River Rd, Suite 5000
Columbus, OH 43212

Dr. Cebulla is a vitreoretinal specialist and ocular oncologist specializing primarily in adult patients with intraocular tumors and retinal disease. She's a referral source to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for patients with uveal melanoma, metastasis to the eye, intraocular lymphoma. She's one of the ophthalmologists for the Ohio State Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome Clinical Care Center, which was granted in 2017. Dr. Cebulla sees patients at the Eye and Ear Institute, the Westerville satellite office, University Hospital and James Comprehensive Cancer Center Hospitals, and the Columbus VA. At the Columbus VA, she runs an ultrasound clinic with the residents geared towards evaluating patients with intraocular lesions and for hands-on experience with ultrasound. She serves the retina division taking call approximately every fourth week. Her duties include management of surgical retinal problems including repairing retinal detachments and treating endophthalmitis.

Active Funding


Characterization of the role of MIF on retinal health and disease
NIH R01EY GRANT13131707

The goal is to define the important functional relationships between MIF, signaling pathways, glia-mediated neuronal survival, and genome-wide transcriptional switches during retinal damage to set the stage for future studies targeting key molecular pathways to prevent and recover visual loss from retinal damage. 
Role: PI

Full Field OCT for Cellular Level Structural and Functional Retinal Imaging
R01EY031098 (MPIs: Doble, Zawadzki)
9/01/2020- 08/31/2024

The goal is to design, construct and implement a full field OCT (FF-OCT) system capable of extremely fast data capture, approximately 900 OCT volumes per sec., to obtain structural and functional measurements at the level of an individual neuron in healthy controls and subjects with age-related macular degeneration.
Role: Co-Investigator

Macrophage migration inhibitor (MIF) therapeutics for neuroprotection and prevention of scar in traumatic retinal detachment

The goal is to test the ability of promising agents identified based on our preliminary data to enhance preservation of tissue form and function


Mechanisms of neuroprotection mediated by MIF and ISO-1 d-dopachrome tautomerase inhibition in retinal damage
NIH R01EY030612

The goal is to determine direct and indirect mechanisms of neuroprotection of d-DT inhibitors on retinal neurons in excitotoxic damage. 
Role: PI

Education and Training

Women’s Leadership Development Program: The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2017-2019
Talent Management and Leadership Academy: The Ohio State University, 2011-2013
Fellowship: Vitreoretinal, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 2007-2009
Fellowship: Ocular Oncology Research, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 2006-2007
Residency: Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 2003-2006
Internship: Transitional Year, Riverside Methodist Hospital, 2002-2003
The Medical Scientist Program: PhD in Pathology and MD, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, 1995-2002
Undergraduate: Macalester College, 1991 -1995

Honors and Awards

  • Top Ophthalmology Doctors, Castle Connolly Top Doctors, 2019-present
  • Top Cancer Doctors, Castle Connolly Top Doctors, 2018-present
  • Best Doctors in America Award, 2010-present
  • Exceptional Women in Medicine, 2018
  • Top Cancer Doctors 2015 Award for the United States, Newsweek, 2015
  • Induction into the Retina Society, 2012

Professional Memberships

  • The Retina Society, 2012-present
  • Columbus Eye Ear Nose Throat Society, 2010-present
  • Eye Cancer Network, 2009-present
  • International Society of Ocular Oncology, 2007-present
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2005-present
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2005-present
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1995-present

Editorial Activities

Grant Reviewer

  • Vision Research Program, CDRMP Department of Defense, 2019-present

Associate Editor

  • Scientific Reports (Ophthalmology/Ocular Oncology), 2018-present
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Online News and Education (ONE) and Network (Ocular Oncology Pathology Subcommittee), 2017-present

Journal Reviewer

  • BMC Cancer
  • PLoS One
  • Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
  • British Journal Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Ophthalmology
  • Open Ophthalmology Journal
  • JAMA Ophthalmology
  • Graefe’s Archiver for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
  • American Journal of Pathology
  • Ocular Oncology and Pathology
  • Scientific Reports
  • Experimental Eye Research
  • Ophthalmology

Clinical profile