Christina Schwarz

Postdoctoral Fellow
Advisor: David Williams
University of Rochester
Box 319
601 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14642
Office: Medical Center G-4109
Telephone: (585) 273-3081
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My research interests focus on aberrations and their effect on binocular vision, the visual cycle and advanced ophthalmological instruments based on adaptive optics. During the last years, I have been developing a functional imaging method to quantify the visual cycle in the living primate eye. Experiments in macaque provide evidence that two-photon ophthalmoscopy can track the rate of formation and clearance of all-trans-retinol, a transitional molecule during pigment regeneration. With the Rochester two-photon adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscope, this can be achieved with exposures that are within current safety standards and do not induce permanent changes to the retina. To facilitate diagnosis, prognosis and development of new treatment therapies of retinal disease, my goal is to translate this technique to human.

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