Current Research Interests
My long term interest is the visualization of retinal structure and function to improve the diagnosing and understanding of eye disease. We pursue this goal through the incorporation of techniques and technology from optics, astronomy, image processing, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering. Currently, most of my focus is on the search for biomarkers for early detection and progression monitoring of glaucoma and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Undergraduate: BS, Physics, National University, Uruguay
Graduate: MS, Physics, National University, Uruguay
PhD, Physics, Imperial College London, UK
Brief Biographical Information
I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, where I had strabismus surgery, eye patching for treating amblyopia and started wearing eye glasses. This ultimately drove me to a career in the study of vision and eye disease, via physics and applied optics training in Uruguay and the UK. A post-doctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. David Williams
at the University of Rochester and a Burroughs Wellcome Fund CASI award allowed me to start my own research group in 2009 at the Flaum Eye Institute
focused on the development of adaptive optics ophthalmic instrumentation
. The desire to maximize the clinical impact of this technology and years of prior collaboration with Dr. Joseph Carroll brought me to the AOIP in 2011.
My favorite structure in the eye
The ones that we cannot see (yet).