Dr. Xiaoying Zhu is currently the Lead Clinician at the Myopia Control Clinic at the University Eye Center of the SUNY, College of Optometry. She is also leading both clinical and basic research for myopia control, and teaching some didactic courses.
Dr. Zhu completed her Ophthalmology residency training in China, after which she started myopia research by investigating the morphological changes in form-deprivation myopia using the chick model. Since herpost-doctoral training at the City College of City University of New York, she has been studying the signaling molecules regulating emmetropization and temporal integration of defocus, in search of potential methods for preventing and/or controlling myopia progression in school-aged children. Dr. Zhu also studied some intrinsic, non-visual factors involved in emmetropization and eye growth during her PhD in Australia. Hoping to apply her knowledge and clinical and research experience on patients for myopia control, she completed an OD from the New England College of Optometry. She is currently a full-time faculty member at SUNY College of Optometry, and serves as Principle Investigator for multiple clinical trials for myopia control. She mentors Master students, and reviews manuscripts for multiple peer-reviewed journals. She is currently the Section Chair at the Annual Meeting Program Committee for The Association for Research inVision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). She is also serving on the Curriculum Committee and Academic Advising Committee at the college. She just received the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research Annual Emerging Vision Scientist Award in 2020.