Austin Roorda (current director)

PhD (Physics and Vision Science)

Roorda is pioneering applications of adaptive optics and ophthalmoscopy, including mapping of the trichromatic cone mosaic, designing and building the first adaptive-optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope, tracking and targeting light delivery to individual cones in the human eye, and being part of the first team to use adaptive-optics imaging to monitor efficacy of a treatment to slow retinal degeneration. He is a member of UC Berkeley’s Vision Science, Neuroscience and Bioengineering graduate programs. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Notable awards are the Glenn Fry Award from the American Academy of Optometry (2009), John Guggenheim Fellowship (2014), and Alcon Research Institute Award (2016). He became a Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in 2019.Email: Website: Roorda Lab.