Leading research

A multidisciplinary approach to discovery

The Department considers basic science and clinical research as a fundamental pillar of its academic mission and boasts interdisciplinary research programs ranging from translational and epidemiological studies to molecular, cellular, biochemical and genetic analyses of the visual system from the ocular surface to vision centers in the brain. Approximately one-half of our faculty members are actively engaged in research, evenly divided between basic research and epidemiological, or clinical research. These faculty members are supported by more than 150 other staff.

The research interests of faculty are diverse and include cellular and molecular immunology of the cornea and conjunctiva including virology of Herpes infections, trabecular meshwork cell biology and the pharmacology of outflow facility, RPE and retinal ganglion cell dysfunction in age-related disease, the genetics of retinal degeneration, epidemiology, nutritional biochemistry and human molecular genetics of age-related eye diseases, ocular oncology, ocular gene therapy, and human retinal development.

Our Researchers

As one of the leading research institutions in the country, our basic science and clinical researchers are proud to make impactful sight-saving discoveries through collaboration and innovation.

DOVS Basic Science Faculty

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Curtis R. Brandt

UW Medical Foundation Professor; Vice Chair of Research

crbrandt@wisc.edu

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Karen J. Cruickshanks

Professor

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David M. Gamm

Associate Professor, Emmett A. Humble Distinguished Director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute

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Mrinalini Hoon

Assistant Professor

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Ronald E. Kalil

Professor

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Paul L. Kaufman

Ernst H. Bárány Professor of Ocular Pharmacology, Department Chair Emeritus

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Barbara E. K. Klein

Professor

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Julie A. Mares

Professor

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Colleen M. McDowell

Assistant Professor

cmmcdowell@wisc.edu

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Gillian McLellan

Associate Professor

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Freya Mowat

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Donna M. Neumann

Associate Professor

dneumann3@wisc.edu

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Robert W. Nickells

Frederick A. Davis Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Professor

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T. Michael Nork

Professor

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Nader Sheibani

Professor

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Terri L. Young

Peter A. Duehr Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics and Medical Genetics; Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

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DOVS Clinical Research Faculty

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Michael M. Altaweel

Professor; Co-Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center

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Barbara A. Blodi

Professor, Medical Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center

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Yasmin S. Bradfield

Dr. John Doolittle Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Co-Chair Global Ophthalmology Initiatives

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Cat N. Burkat

Professor, ASOPRS Fellowship Faculty, Co-Chair Global Ophthalmology Initiatives

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Jonathan S. Chang

Assistant Professor

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Yanjun (Judy) Chen

Associate Professor

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Karina A. Conlin

Clinical Optometrist, Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Justin L. Gottlieb

Professor

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Gregg A. Heatley

Associate Professor

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Daniel W. Knoch

Director Medical Student Education, Associate Professor

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Laura J. Kopplin

Assistant Professor

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Yao Liu

Assistant Professor

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Mark J. Lucarelli

Program Director, Richard K. Dortzbach Professor of Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery

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Alexander R. Miranda

Assistant Professor

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Mihai Mititelu

Associate Professor, Medical Director of the Clinical Eye Research Unit

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Anna C. Momont

Associate Residency Director, Clinical Assistant Professor

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Sanbrita Mondal

Clinical Optometrist, Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor, Director — Low Vision Clinic

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Sarah M. Nehls

Associate Professor

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Nayan R. Patel

Clinical Optometrist, Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Heather A. D. Potter

Associate Professor

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Stephen K. Sauer

Associate Professor

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Melanie Schmitt

Assistant Professor, Director of the Pediatric Inherited Retinal Degeneration Clinic, Co-Director Ocular Genetics Program

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Kimberly E. Stepien

Associate Professor; Director of the Adult Inherited Retinal Degeneration Clinic; Co-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs; Co-Director of Ocular Genetics Program

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Michael C. Struck

Professor

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Andrew T. Thliveris

Vice Chair of Resident Education; Residency Director; Professor

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Suzanne W. van Landingham

Assistant Professor

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Evan J. Warner

Assistant Professor

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Affiliate Faculty

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Anne Griep

Professor, Cell and Regenerative Biology

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Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

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Bikash Pattnaik

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

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Donna Peters

Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

dmpeter2@wisc.edu

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Raunak Sinha

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

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DOVS PI Scientists

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Amitha Domalpally

Ophthalmologist; Research Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center

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Stuart W. J. Tompson

Associate Scientist

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James N. Ver Hoeve

Senior Scientist

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Ismail S. Zaitoun

Associate Scientist

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VISION RESEARCH EVENTS

Please join us at an upcoming event to learn about vision research and current discoveries.

 

Fri 17
unsplash-logoJude Beck
Sep 25

DOVS 50th Anniversary Celebration: The 2020 Experience

September 25 @ 8:00 am - September 26 @ 5:00 pm
Oct 15

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Symposium

October 15 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm