Faculty

Muna Naash
Muna Naash
John S Dunn Endowed Professor
Office Location: SERC 2011
Email: mnaash [at] central.uh.edu

Dr. Muna Naash of the University of Oklahoma as an endowed tenured professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UH. Dr. Naash is widely recognized as an authority on genetic mutations associated with hereditary retinal disorders. She has achieved both national and international recognition for her work involving viral and non-viral ocular gene delivery. Dr. Naash has maintained an impressive, federally funded, research portfolio over the past two decades. She is currently the PI of 3 active NIH RO1 grants, with total direct costs exceeding $3.3 million, extending out to 2019. In addition, she has active funding from Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research.

Education: 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX
Pre-doctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX

Courses: 

Drug Design and Delivery (BIOE 4310/6310)

Awards and Honors: 

None

Research Interests: 

Dr. Naash is an expert on genetic mutations associated with hereditary retinal disorders. She has achieved both national and international recognition for her work involving viral and non-viral ocular gene delivery.

Selected Publications: 

Conley SM, Stuck MW, Watson JL, Zulliger R, Burentt JL and Naash MI (2019) Prph2 initiates outer segment morphogenesis but maturation requires Prph2/Rom1 oligomerization. Hum Mol Genet. 28(3):459-475, PMCID: PMC6337695.