Vision Scientist

Curtis Brandt

Dr. Brandt is a Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and the Clinical Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary research interest is virology, specifically pathogenesis of herpes simplex virus; virulence genes in herpetic eye disease and herpes encephalitis; antivirals; interactions between cytokines and herpes viruses, gene delivery, and gene therapy.

Carl Marfurt

Dr. Marfurt is a Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Associate Director for Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine - Northwest.  Dr. Marfurt brings world-class experience and expertise in the areas of comparative corneal neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, corneal wound healing, and ocular surface disease.

Douglas Rowland

Dr. Rowland has over 14 years of experience in biomedical imaging and a further 6 years experience in instrumentation for physics experiments. He is the Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (CMGI) at UC Davis. Since 2007, he has been responsible for collaborating with principal investigators in the design and implementation of imaging experiments on the full compliment of small animal in vivo imaging technologies at CMGI including MRI, microCT, Optical and microPET.

Mark Mannis

Dr. Mannis is Professor and Chair of the UC Davis Health System Eye Center. He specializes in corneal transplantation and external diseases of the eye. His research has included development of experimental antimicrobial agents and growth factors that affect the corneal wound healing rate, skin diseases that affect the eye, and outcomes of corneal transplants and artificial corneas. Dr. Mannis has authored over 125 publications and five books on topics relating to corneal surgery and disease.

Yijun Huang

Dr. Huang earned his Ph.D. in bioengineering from University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Senior Scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is co-director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center, UW-Madison and co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for EyeKor. Dr. Huang has 15 years experience in developing software and hardware imaging solutions for ophthalmic imaging applications both in academic and industrial environments. Dr.

Elizabeth Hennes

Ms. Hennes is a researcher in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She has seven years of experience working with non-human primates and three years of experience conducting electrophysiology studies with a variety of species. Her particular research experience is in glaucoma and presbyopia.

Yuri Danilov

Dr. Danilov is Senior Scientist in the Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine Department, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is a neuroscientist with over 30 years experience in research on brain function and the special senses, including vision, taste, and balance. His primary interest areas include neuroplasticity, neurorehabilitation, and sensory systems physiology. Dr.

Hugh Wabers

Mr. Wabers is a medical photographer with the Fundus Photograph Reading Center, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an expert in the acquisition of fundus images and routinely conducts fluorescein angiographic studies.

Ann Strom

Dr. Strom is a Board-Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Copenhagen, completed her Master’s thesis on canine glaucoma at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She then completed her residency training in comparative ophthalmology at the University of California, Davis and then stayed for 2 years as a clinical instructor. She is a reviewer for the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal and The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Report.

Robert Nickells

Dr. Nickells is Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has appointments in the Department of Physiology, UW Comprehensive Cancer Center, Institute on Aging, and the Eye Research Institute. His research utilizes the tools of molecular biology to investigate pathophysiologic processes of the retina and optic nerve. His current research focuses on intracellular signaling pathways in glaucoma and neuroprotective mechanisms.