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Dr. Donald T. Miller earned a B.S. in applied physics from Xavier University (1988) and a Ph.D. in optics from University of Rochester (1996). Most of his doctoral work was conducted at the Center for Visual Science, where he developed a high-resolution retina camera that captured the first images of individual photoreceptor cells in the living human eye. As a postdoctoral fellow at Rochester, he was instrumental in the development of the first adaptive optics instrument for correction of ocular aberrations. This was followed by a National Research Council Research Associate position at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Optometry in 1998 and currently holds the rank of Professor.
At IU, Dr. Miller splits his time between teaching optics to professional and graduate students and conducting research on the optical properties of the eye. He has received the Trustees’ Teaching Award twice for excellence in teaching. He is a founding member of the Center for Adaptive Optics, a consortium of university, government, and industry researchers funded for 10 years by the NSF. He was also a member of a NIH Bioengineering Research Partnership hosted at the University of California, Davis. The partnership received an R&D 100 Award for its development of a MEMS-based Adaptive Optics Optical Coherence Tomography instrument. He is a recipient of multiple NIH-R01 grants.
Dr. Miller is actively involved in numerous vision and eye-related professional societies, acting as a reviewer and guest editor for journals, an invited speaker and a member of program organizing committees. He has twice chaired the OSA Adaptive Optics Topical Meeting and regularly serves on the program committee of the SPIE Ophthalmic Technologies Conference. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.
Dr Miller’s group develops and uses high-resolution optical systems to image structures in the retina that are too minute to be seen with clinical instruments. By tracking structural changes over time, they are able to reconstruct physiological processes actively occurring in the retina at the cellular level. This capability to observe “living histology” not only empowers scientists to study vision at the most fundamental level, but may also enable eye care specialists to detect morphological and/or physiological changes at the onset of retinal pathology. This may be particularly beneficial for early diagnosis and treatment of leading causes of blindness, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.