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Joseph Carroll, PhD

Joseph Carroll, PhD

Joseph Carroll, PhD

Richard O. Schultz, MD / Ruth Works Professor of Ophthalmology Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Biophysics, and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy Director, Advanced Ocular Imaging Program

Locations

  • Eye Institute
  • 925 N. 87th St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53226

Contact Information

Education

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

Biography

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.

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).

  • Developing a better understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the visual system — both in health and disease
  • Applying high-resolution imaging tools (adaptive optics and optical coherence tomography) to the study of the human retina
  • Comparative color vision
  • Foveal development
  • Visual neuroscience
  • Behavioral aspects of human color vision (normal and aberrant) 

Research Team 

  • Niamh Wynne, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Heather Heitkotter, Graduate Student (Neuroscience Doctoral Program)
  • Erica Woertz, PhD, Medical Student (Medical Scientist Training Program)
  • Ruth Woehlke, Graduate Student (Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Program)
  • Ching Tzu Yu, Graduate Student (Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences)

Research in the AOIP is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), various research foundations, as well as individual donors. 

  

Publications

Advanced Ocular Imaging Program

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The Advanced Ocular Imaging Program (AOIP), located in the Eye Institute, serves as a local, national, and international resource for advancing the field of ocular imaging and for translating adaptive optics technology into a clinically relevant imaging tool.