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Research Faculty

Primary Appointments

James Aquavella, M.D.
Dr. James Aquavella's Lab has organized a group of basic scientists including Geunyoung Yoon, Krystel Huxlin, and Jim Zavislan to evaluate human tear film dynamics and its relationship to clinical dry eye syndrome.

David A. DiLoreto, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. DiLoreto is extensively involved in retina research. National Clinical Trials include VEGF trap treatment for age related macular degeneration and Age related eye disease study 2. Retina research trials also include Adaptive Optics Imaging of Inherited Macular Diseases.

Steven E. Feldon, M.D.
Dr. Feldon is an internationally acclaimed clinical and basic scientist. The Feldon Lab studies orbital disease and neuro-ophthalmology.

Matthew D. Gearinger, M.D.
Dr. Gearinger is committed to developing innovative treatments for challenging pediatric cases including amblyopia, pediatric optic nerve disorders and retinopathy of prematurity. As a strong proponent of translational research he is at the forefront of delivering promising new therapies to children through his involvement in trials and nationwide studies.

Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D.
Dr. Hunter's Lab has research interests that include mechanisms of light-induced retinal damage and development of non-invasive fluorescence imaging techniques to study retinal function in healthy and diseased eyes.

Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.
Research in the Huxlin Lab ranges from physiological optics, through cell and molecular biology, to psychophysics and systems-level imaging of visual functions. Our goal is to understand the cellular basis, systems and behavioral correlates of visual plasticity in both damaged and intact adult visual systems.

Kye-Im Jeon, Ph.D.
Dr. Jeon studies the cell and molecular events that modulate corneal wound healing. She uses cell culture, genetic and pharmacological tools to study interactions between corneal cells and specifically, to understand the intra- and extra-cellular signals that control myofibroblast differentiation and corneal nerve regeneration.

Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.
Sensory organs are unique structures in the body plan of all multi cellular organisms that allow perception of the environment. The Kiernan Lab uses the power of mouse genetics to understand the fundamental molecular pathways involved in sensory development and disease.

David M. Kleinman, M.D.
Dr. Kleinman's research involves the pharmaceutical treatment of diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration.

Richard Libby, Ph.D.
The Libby Lab is interested in understanding the molecular processes that lead to RGC death in glaucoma and why are RGCs more likely to die in some patients than in others.

Scott M. MacRae, M.D.
Dr. MacRae co-authored the premier text on wavefront sensing, "Customized Corneal Ablation: The Quest for Super Vision," now out in its second volume, "Wavefront Customized Visual Correction: The Quest for Super Vision II." His work includes design of numerous refractive surgical instruments, laser surgery techniques and he holds the patent on a commonly used astigmatism treatment.

William Merigan, Ph.D.
Dr. Merigan's Lab does research that examines the role of retinal ganglion cells in visual perception in the primate (human and macaque).

Jesse B. Schallek, Ph.D.
Dr. Schallek's lab investigates blood flow in the living eye by using a specialized camera called an Adaptive Optics Scanning Light Ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) to correct for small imperfections of the optics of the eye.

Ruchira Singh, Ph.D.
Ruchira Singh's lab focuses on using patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) for studying retinal diseases and developing treatments.

Collynn Woeller, Ph.D.
Dr. Woeller's lab investigates the molecular and cellular pathways that drive wound healing of the eye and surrounding tissue.  One of the key goals of the lab is to develop novel, targeted treatments that can prevent and/or resolve tissue damage and vision loss. 

Rachel Wozniak, M.D., Ph.D.

Rachel Wozniak's lab takes both basic science and translational approaches to study the pathogenesis of bacterial keratitis and to develop novel antimicrobial therapies to treat this blinding disease.

Geunyoung Yoon, Ph.D.
Research projects in the Advanced Physiological Optics Laboratory have been focusing on optics of the eye. The goals of the projects are to objectively understand optical quality of the eye and to improve visual performance by correcting the optical defects in the eye with various correction methods. The Yoon Lab has been focusing on the optics of the eye.

Secondary Faculty

Steven M. Silverstein, PhD
Dr. Silverstein is the George L. Engel Professor of Biopsychosocial Medicine and the Associate Chair for Research in Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He was previously affiliated with both Ophthalmology and Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University. His main research interests focus on impairments of perceptual function and organization in schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric disorders, their relationship to symptom emergence (e.g., in terms of altered predictive coding, or altered contextual modulation) and the possibility of performing visual remediation of low- and mid-level visual disturbances in these conditions.

Silvia Sorensen, Ph.D.
Dr. Sörensen is a professor in the Warner School for Education and Human Development and a leading researcher and educator in the field of human development and aging. She directs the Laboratory for Population Health, Disparities, and Intervention Research (LAPHDIR) in which new research and community health projects are hatched with the help of a Community Health-project Advisory Board (CHAB).

Duje Tadin, Ph.D.
Dr. Tadin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences. His research focuses on understanding neural mechanisms of human visual perception using psychophysics, brain stimulation and computational modeling. Current work includes the study of vision in stroke, low-vision, TBI, autism, cognitive aging and schizophrenia.

David Williams, Ph.D.
Dr. Williams is the William G. Allyn Professor of Medical Optics and the Director of the Center for Visual Science. His laboratory pioneered and continues to develop adaptive optics imaging technology to explore the organization and function of the living retina in real-time, and to understand the optical and neural limits on human vision.

James Zavislan, Ph.D.
Dr. Zavislan's is Associate Professor in the Institute of Optics and currently serves as Associate Dean for Education in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research focuses on improving the performance of optical imaging systems by modeling and measuring the coherence properties of light returned from objects of interest and adjacent objects not of interest.

Emeritus Faculty

Gary Paige (Emeritus)  M.D., Ph.D.
Gary D. Paige, MD, PhD, was the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Professor and Chair of Neurobiology & Anatomy at the University of Rochester Medical Center, also holding joint appointments in Neurology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Biomedical Engineering, and Brain & Cognitive Science. His research focused on how the brain integrates and plastically adapts sensory inputs from the outside world (visual and auditory) with the internal senses (vestibular and somatosensory) to guide meaningful behavior through a cluttered environment.