Meet the Executive Director
Dimitrios Karamichos, BEng, MSc, PhD is a scientist, teacher, mentor, and innovator. His focus is on interdisciplinary and collaborative corneal research that can give rise to deep understanding of disease(s) as well as the development of novel therapies. Dr. Karamichos joined the North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (HSC) in April 2020 as the Director of Research.
Since January 2022, Dr. Karamichos has served as both the Executive Director and Endowed Chair of NTERI. He is also a professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences (UNT System School of Pharmacy) and Pharmacology & Neuroscience (School of Biomedical Sciences). Dr. Karamichos is an engineer by training, having obtained his BEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. He completed his MSc at Imperial College, University of London, London, UK focusing on tissue engineering, imaging modalities, and radiology. In 2006, he obtained his PhD in Tissue Repair and Engineering from University College London, University of London, London, UK. This was followed by two postdoctoral fellowships with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX and Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
From 2013 to 2020, Dimitrios was with Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) where he served as the Associate Director of Research for the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Program Development for the Graduate College, and held the W. Stanley Muenzler, MD Endowed Professorship in Corneal Disease. His research is currently funded by the National Eye Institute/National Institutes of Health.