ContactDepartment of Ophthalmology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Eye & Ear Institute
203 Lothrop St Suite 834.2
Pittsburgh. PA 15213
Kari Vienola's research interests lie on retinal imaging using scanning light ophthalmoscopy (SLO) and developing new ways to visualize the nearly transparent retinal cells such as the retinal ganglion cells. To be able to do this, we’re using adaptive optics (AO) together with the SLO to reach the lateral resolution required for cellular imaging. With new innovative approaches in AOSLO such as the multi-offset aperture detection scheme and taking advantage of the multiple scattered light, the transparent retinal ganglion cells can be visualized. His main focus here in the lab of Dr. Rossi is to design the state of the art AOSLO to be used for imaging of these transparent cells using the multi-offset approach as well as using multiple channels to detect reflected light and autofluorescence simultaneously. The visualization of these transparent cells is important for understanding their function and how these functions are related to diseases such as glaucoma.