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Ophthalmic Biophysics Center

The Ophthalmic Biophysics Center (OBC) was established in 1970 under the tutelage of Bascom Palmer founder, Edward W.D. Norton, M.D. The center’s mission is to perform translational research benefiting patient eye care. In Dr. Norton’s view, this could be achieved best by transferring state of the art technology (optoelectromechanics, lasers, and polymer chemistry) to the clinical arena. Numerous inventions have been made by the scientists in the OBC, accomplished by working in symphony and with the cooperation of the clinical faculty.


McKnight building, 1st and 2nd floors


Jean-Marie Parel, Ph.D.
Training program affiliation: BME


Fabrice Manns, Ph.D.
Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Ophthalmology
Training program affiliation: BME

Medical Director

Sonia Yoo, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology


Marco Ruggeri, Ph.D. 
Research Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Esdras Arrieta-Quintero, M.D.
Training program affiliation: BME

Associate Investigators

Fotios M. Andreopoulos, Ph.D.
Department of Surgery
Training program affiliation: BME

Peter J. Milne, Ph.D.
School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences

Director of Research Operations

Mariela C. Aguilar, M.S.