Department of Biological and Vision Sciences

The Department of Biological and Vision Sciences oversees all didactic courses covering the basic sciences forming the foundation for optometry education. Courses include materials on system anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, ocular anatomy and physiology, immunology, pharmacology, ocular disease, optics and contact lenses, oculomotor and binocular vision, visual system development and visual perception.

All faculty conducting basic and translational research are also appointed to the Department of Biological and Vision Sciences. All faculty eligible for graduate faculty appointments are also appointed to the college’s Graduate Center for Vision Research, which administers the college’s MS and PhD programs and various research support programs.

Department Chair


Suresh Viswanathan
Associate Professor

Department Faculty




Jose-Manuel Alonso
Distinguished Professor


Benjamin Backus
Associate Professor


Ann Beaton
Associate Professor


Kenneth Ciuffreda
Disting. Teaching Prof.


Mitchell Dul
Professor


Ralph Gundel
Associate Professor


Philip Kruger
Professor


David Krumholz
Associate Professor


Christina Llerena-Law
Assistant Clinical Prof.


Robert McPeek
Associate Professor


Jordan Pola
Disting. Teaching Prof.


Jerry Rapp
Professor


Peter Reinach
Professor


Kathryn Richdale
Assistant Professor


Steven Schwartz
Professor


Harold Sedgwick
Associate Professor


Miduturu Srinivas
Associate Professor


Qasim Zaidi
Distinguished Professor