Melissa Wilk

Melissa Wilk

Graduate Student

Advanced Ocular Imaging Program
Eye Institute
Department of Ophthalmology
Medical College of Wisconsin
925 N 87th St
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

Phone: (414) 955-2051
Fax: (414) 955-6690
Email Melissa

Current Research Interests

I am a graduate student in the Neuroscience Doctoral Program. My current research is focused on the development of the visual system. Specifically, I am looking into the role of melanin in shaping retinal structure as well as evaluating the relationship between the retinal and cortical organization in normal human subjects and those with albinism. I am also looking at pigmentation in the retinas of zebrafish to better understand its effect on retinal imaging. My work involves the use of many different techniques, including in vivo high-resolution retinal imaging, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and histology.


Undergraduate: BS, Carroll University
Graduate: Medical College of Wisconsin

Brief Biographical Information

Upon entering college, I intended on becoming a Physical Therapist. After a few years studying Human Biology and starting in the PT program at Carroll, I decided that PT wasn't for me and instead chose to apply to graduate school. I finished my undergrad with a Human Biology major and Psychology minor with the intent to study Neuroscience. For me, vision has always been an intriguing topic, and the atmosphere of the Carroll Lab solidified my decision to pursue the vision sciences. I am happy to say that coming to MCW and joining the AOIP has been one of the best decisions of my life.

My favorite structure in the eye

Cone Photoreceptors


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