Courtney L. Ondeck, M.D., MPhil

Harvard Medical School

Instructor in Ophthalmology

Research Summary

Dr. Ondeck is a clinician scientist in the glaucoma department with an interest in extended drug delivery for ophthalmic applications. Glaucoma is one of the most prevalent ophthalmologic disorders and is still a common cause of vision loss.  Topical medications and surgeries are currently available to manage glaucoma; however, complications can arise from surgery, and there can be issues with compliance and side effects from medications that can make these treatments less effective.

Dr. Ondeck is interested in developing an extended release delivery system of glaucoma medications. She has a background in materials science and biomedical engineering, nanotechnology and polymer chemistry and wishes to combine her background with her training in glaucoma to develop drug delivery techniques and/or devices that could eliminate the need for daily eye drops. Her goal is to develop a biocompatible device that can be impregnated with intraocular lowering medications, with the intention that it would be more effective than topical medications in the treatment of glaucoma.  

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2008: BS, with University and College Honors, Materials Science Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

2009: MPhil, Chemistry, University of Cambridge – Churchill College

2013: MD, Washington University at St. Louis School of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

2014: Internship, Preliminary Medicine, North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA

2017: Residency, Ophthalmology, University of California, San Diego

2018: Fellowship, Glaucoma, Duke University


Churchill Scholar

Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholar

Starr E. Shulman MPA Fellow

AAO Advocacy Ambassador

Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, National Graduate Fellowship – Slater Fellow


View her publications on PubMed.

Kinori M, Gomi CF, Ondeck CL, Schanzlin DJ, Robbins SL, Granet DB. Usefulness of refractive measurement of wavefront autorefraction in patients with difficult retinoscopy. J AAPOS. 2016 Dec;20(6):493-495.e1

Studer RK, Vo N, Sowa G, Ondeck C, Kang J. Human nucleus pulposus cells react to IL-6: independent actions and amplification of response to IL-1 and TNF-α. Spine. 2011 Apr 15;36(8):593-9.

Ondeck CL, Pretorius, D, McCaulley J, Kinori M, Maloney T, Hull, A, Robbins, SL. Ultrasonographic Prenatal Imaging of Fetal Ocular and Orbital Abnormalities. Survey of Ophthalmology. 2018 Apr 26.

Ondeck CL, Habib AH, Ohodnicki P, Miller K, Sawyer CA, Chaudhary P, McHenry ME. Theory of Magnetic Fluid Heating with an Alternating Magnetic Field with Temperature Dependent Materials Properties for Self-regulated Heating. Journal of Applied Physics. 105, 07B324 (2009).

Habib AH, Ondeck CL, Chaudhary P, Bockstaller MR, McHenry ME. Evaluation of Iron Cobalt/Ferrite Core-Shell Nanoparticles for Cancer Thermotherapy. Journal of Applied Physics. 103, 07A307 (2008).

Evans AC, Skey J, Wright M, Qu W, Ondeck CL, Longbottom DA, O'Reilly RK.  Functional and tunable amino acid polymers prepared by RAFT polymerization. Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, Volume 47, Issue 24, Pages 6814-6826. 2010.

Evans AC, Lu A, Ondeck C, Longbottom DA, O’Reily RK. Organocatalytic Tunable Amino Acid Polymers Prepared by Controlled Radical Polymerization. Macromolecules. 2010 43 (15), 6374-6380