2021-2022 OSA Rochester Speaker Series - Susana Marcos, University of Rochester Center for Visual Science

  • November 02, 2021
  • 7:00 PM
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Understanding, measuring and improving the eye’s optics

Susana Marcos, University of Rochester Center for Visual Science



The eye is a finely tuned optical instrument. We use optical technologies (adaptive optics and, optical coherence tomography, high resolution imaging) to measure the optical, structural and mechanical properties of the eye’s optical elements, and the relations between optical and visual quality. These technologies are the basis for new diagnostic tools and provide inspiration for new correcting strategies of ocular disease.

About the speaker

On July 1, 2021, Susana became the David R. Williams Director of the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, with affiliations at the Institute of Optics (Nicholas George Professor of Optics) and the Flaum Eye Institute (Professor of Ophthalmology).

Prior to her current position, Susana had been Director of the Institute of Optics, CSIC (2008-2012) and Director at Large of the Optical Society of America, and a Professor of Research and Director of the Laboratory of Visual and Biophotonics Optics at the Institute of Optics, CSIC. She supervised a multidisciplinary (physicists, biomedical, telecommunications, materials, mechanical engineers, chemists and vision scientists) and international team of >25 members. She is a pioneer in the development of new techniques for the evaluation of the eye, including retinal imaging instruments, aberrometers, adaptive optics, anterior segment imaging of the eye and intraocular lens designs. Several of these technologies (QuickseeTM, SimVisTM and Isofocal IOL) have been marketed and already contributed to improving the diagnosis and treatment of thousands of patients.

Susana has published more than 180 highly cited research articles, is the inventor of 20 patent families (14 licensed to the industry), is co-founder of the Plenoptika and 2EyesVision spin-offs, and has directed 20 doctoral theses and delivered more than 200 talks at international conferences. Public and private projects that she has led in the last ten years have exceeded 10 million euros in funding (2 ERC Advanced Grant, H2020-ICT Innovation Action, 3 ERC Proof of Concept Grants, 2 ITN-Marie Skłodowska -Curie Actions and dozens of contracts with international companies in the ophthalmic sector). She has served in various positions at the Optical Society of America, Spanish Society of Optics, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, MIT M + Vision Consortium and as an editor at Vision Research, Biomedical Optics Express, Optica (OSA), and Scientific Culture Editorial Board (CSIC). She is currently the President of the Technical Scientific Committee of the National Research Agency, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Gadea Science Foundation and the CSIC General Foundation, Alcon Research Institute, Advisory Council of the Generalitat of Valencia and of the Publication Council of the Optical Society of America.


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