Robert J. Zawadzki's research interests focus on the aging human eye. He is working on development of new instrumentation for high-resolution in vivo retina imaging, which allows for visualization of individual cellular structures. This includes optical coherence tomography (OCT) and adaptive optics (AO), scanning laser opthalmoscopy (SLO), and combinations of all three. Adaptive optics can be used to compensate for issues that come up when working with imperfections of the human eye, while OCT allows for higher eye resolution than other methods.
In this interview, Zawadzki discusses work at the UC Davis Eye Center, combining these different technologies to achieve new levels in high-resolution imaging. He also explains barriers to imaging the living eye, and how this process allows the study of the eye on the cellular level.
Zawadzki is Assistant Research Professor in the Vision Science and Advanced Retinal Imaging Laboratory at University of California, Davis, Eye Center. He studies various types of retinal and optic nerve hypoplasia diseases. He is also involved in studying the eye aging process as well as various types of retinal diseases, using these novel instruments to enhance the understanding of its mechanisms.
Streaming video of Robert Zawadzki interview.
Robert Zawadzki is a co-author of the SPIE Newsroom article: Cellular imaging of the living human retina.