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We are proud of the numerous Alumni of the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program, many who have pursued careers in ophthalmology, vision science, or imaging-related fields. Their contributions have elevated the program to its current state, and continue to inspire new generations of students, residents, and fellows. Contact Us
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L-R: May 2021, seven AOIP graduate student alumni: Ben Sajdak, PhD; Alison Huckenpahler, MD, PhD; Erica Woertz, PhD; Chris Langlo, MD, PhD; Rachel Linderman, PhD; Robert Cooper, PhD; Alex Salmon, PhD 

Graduate Student Alumni

Heather Heitkotter, PhD
Neuroscience Doctoral Program 2017-11/2023
Thesis: Multimodal Assessment of Photoreceptor Structure and Function in Retinal Trauma

Rachel Linderman, PhD
Neuroscience Doctoral Program 08/2017-05/2021
Thesis: Quantifying the Retinal Vasculature in Development and Disease
Current Position: Research Program Manager, Wisconsin Reading Center

Alex Salmon, PhD
Neuroscience Doctoral Program 05/2015 – 12/2020
Thesis: Development and Validation of Non-Invasive Retinal Imaging Tools for the Cone-Dominant Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel
Current Position: Software Developer, Translational Imaging Innovations

Ben Sajdak, PhD
Neuroscience Doctoral Program 08/2016 – 11/2019
Thesis: Assessing Photoreceptor Structure in Cone-Dominant Animal Models
Current Position: Morgridge Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow, Morgridge Institute for Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Alison Huckenpahler, MD, PhD
Medical Scientist Training Program 07/2015 – 05/2019
Thesis: Novel Methods of Evaluating Retinal Structure in Animal Models and Humans
Current Position: Psychiatry Resident, Washington University in St. Louis  

Melissa Wilk, PhD
Neuroscience Doctoral Program 06/2012 – 09/2016
Thesis: Using Imaging and Genetics to Characterize Visual System Structure Across the Pigmentation Spectrum
Current Position: Clinical Genomic Variant Scientist, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Chris Langlo, MD, PhD
Medical Scientist Training Program 06/2012 – 06/2016
Thesis: Assessing Photoreceptor Structure in Congenital Achromatopsia
Current Position: Ophthalmology Resident, University of Louisville

Robert Cooper, PhD
Marquette University Biomedical Engineering Program 01/2010 – 09/2015
Thesis: Analyzing Reflectance Changes of Rod & Cone Photoreceptors
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University/Medical College of Wisconsin

Adam Dubis, PhD
Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences 05/2007 – 05/2012
Thesis: Characterizing Foveal Morphology in the Normal and Diseased Retina
Current Position: Honorary Lecturer, University College London

Ashavini Pavaskar, MS
Marquette University Biomedical Engineering Program 02/2009 – 05/2011
Thesis: Automated OCT Retinal Image Analysis
Current Position: Senior Software Engineer, Leica Geosystems

Melissa Wagner-Schuman, MD, PhD
Medical Scientist Training Program 05/2009 – 05/2010
Thesis: The Role of Mutations in the L and M Opsin Genes in the Progression of Myopia
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Co-Director, Women's Mental Health Clinical Service – University of Illinois Chicago

Hitesh Tanna, MS
Marquette University Biomedical Engineering Program 02/2008 – 12/2009
Thesis: Tools for Retinal Image Processing
Current Position: Managing Consultant, IBM

Medical Student Alumni

*=matched into Ophthalmology residency

Iniya Adhan

Mitchel Allphin*

Anisha Arora

Nazia Ayub

Sean Batson*

Owen Bowie

Matthew Braza

Timothy Carll

Hellen Chiao

Sarah Connolly

Jason Croskrey*

Derek Denney*

John Flatter*

Kyle Greiber

Garrett Grissim

Sean Hansen*

Ryan Johnson*

David Kay*

Jamil Khan

Jessica Kraker*

Megan Land*

Leah Landsem

Daniel Lee*

Jackson Lever*

Rachel Linderman

Ben Liu

Samantha Llanas

Rachel Martin

Rebecca Mastey

John McAllister*

Rick Nordgren

Daniel Odell

Bisola Omoba

Shawn Ostler

Polina Prokhoda

Edward Randerson*

Abigail Rehman*

Madia Russilo

Steven Seto*

Aliya Siddiqui

Cory Siebe

Philip Sommer

Jacob Szpernal

Maggie Strampe*

Alana Trotter*

Ana Untaroiu

Melissa Wagner-Schuman

Erica N. Woertz, PhD*

Brit Zaro


Fellow Alumni

Niamh Wynne, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow 01/2020-06/2022
Current Position: Ophthalmology Resident, Medical College of Wisconsin 

Rachel Linderman, PhD
Neuroscience Doctoral Program 08/2021-09/2021
Current Position: Research Program Manager, Wisconsin Reading Center

Katie Litts, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2021
Current Position: Scientist, Genentech

Emily Patterson, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2019
Current Position: Research Fellow, University College London

Nripun Sredar, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow 2015-2016
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

Lynn Sun, MD, PhD
Ocular Imaging Fellow 2015-2016
Current Position: Ophthalmology Resident, Medical College of Wisconsin

Moataz Razeen, MD
Ocular Imaging Fellow 2014-2016
Current Position: Associate Medical Science Liaison, Allergan

Mortada A. Abozaid, MD
Ocular Imaging Fellow 2014
Current Position: Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Sohag University, Sohag Egypt

Fouad Zakka, MD
Ocular Imaging Fellow 2012-2014
Current Position: Pathology Resident, Brown University

Pooja Godara, MD
Ocular Imaging Fellow 2011-2012
Current Position: Comprehensive Ophthalmologist at Texan Eye

Jungtae Rha, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow 2006-2016
Current Position: Optical Engineer at Skyloom Global

Diane (Tait) Bishop, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow 2008-2009
Current Position: Senior Medical Science Liaison with NightStar Therapeutics

Jesson Martin, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow 2007-2008
Current Position: Associate Professor of Optics & Vision Science, Department Chair of Academic Affairs, Kentucky College of Optometry