Joseph Carroll, PhD, FARVO

Joseph Carroll, PhD, FARVO

Richard O. Schultz, MD / Ruth Works Professor in Ophthalmology
Professor of Ophthalmology, Biophysics, and Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy
Co-Director, AOIP

Advanced Ocular Imaging Program
Eye Institute
Department of Ophthalmology
Medical College of Wisconsin
925 N 87th St
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509
Phone: (414) 955-2052
Fax: (414) 955-6690
Email Dr. Carroll
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Current Research Interests

I take a multidisciplinary approach to study the human visual system. I am interested in developing a better understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the visual system – both in health and disease. My primary focus is on applying high-resolution imaging tools (adaptive optics and optical coherence tomography) to the study of the human retina. In addition, I have broad interests in comparative color vision, foveal development, visual neuroscience, and behavioral aspects of human color vision (normal and aberrant).


Undergraduate:  BS, Human Biology, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Graduate:  PhD, Cell & Developmental Biology, Medical College of Wisconsin

Brief Biographical Information

I was born in Milwaukee and attended high-school in Tigerton, Wisconsin. It was here that my interest in science was sparked, thanks in large part to my science teacher, Gary Kuchenbecker. He encouraged me to attend the pre-college program sponsored by the Regional Center for Math and Science at UW Green Bay.  As part of this program, we toured the Medical College of Wisconsin and were exposed to the various career options in math and science. While I always knew I was good at science, until that point, I was unaware of what one could do with such a skill set. After some false starts pursuing pharmacy and optometry, I decided to go to graduate school at MCW, under the guidance of Dr. Jay Neitz. During this time, I found that there were many questions that I wanted to answer, yet didn’t have the right tools to do so. Thus, after receiving my PhD in 2002, I did a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. David Williams at the University of Rochester. There I was trained in the technique of adaptive optics retinal imaging, which has opened numerous new avenues for research and discovery. I started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at MCW in 2006, and am currently a Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology, Biophysics, and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy.

My favorite structure in the eye

Cone photoreceptors


Advanced Ocular Imaging Program
Eye Institute
925 North 87th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: 414-955-AOIP (2647)
Fax: 414-955-6690
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