Joseph Carroll, PhD is the Richard O. Schultz, MD / Ruth Works Professor of Ophthalmology, and Professor of Biophysics and Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). After receiving his PhD in Cell & Developmental Biology from MCW in 2002, Prof Carroll did his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester under the guidance of Dr. David Williams. Here he developed expertise in the area of adaptive optics retinal imaging. In 2006, he joined the MCW faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology.
Prof Carroll directs the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program (AOIP), which utilizes a variety of retinal imaging devices to study the structure and function of the living human retina with cellular resolution. The group has worked to develop novel image analysis tools to increase the scientific and clinical utility of these imaging devices, and has pioneered the dissemination of this technology to research groups around the world. Prof Carroll and his team have been at the forefront of the clinical application of adaptive optics retinal imaging, with over 110 peer-reviewed publications.
Patients from around the world travel to the program to participate in his studies on inherited retinal degenerations. His research is funded by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, as well as a number of public and private foundations.
Prof Carroll has received numerous awards, including the Wisconsin Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel – TRIO Achiever Award (2006), the UW Green Bay Outstanding Recent Alumni Award (2007), a Vision Research Award from the E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation (2007), a Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award (2008), a Young Investigator Award from the ALCON Research Institute (2012), and was named one of the “40 under 40” by the Milwaukee Business Journal (2014).