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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Ophthalmic Biophysics

The Ophthalmic Biophysics Center (OBC) is an independent basic science laboratory specializing in research in biophysics, bioengineering, lasers and drug delivery. The OBC also functions as a service laboratory for the design of devices for a wide range of research needs, as well as technical maintenance and repair of clinical and research equipment.

Expertise includes design, modification and/or construction of instruments and devices requiring sophisticated electronics, tool and die, laser, optics, imaging devices, as well as pre-clinical testing (surgery, follow-up and histopathology) of novel ocular implants and treatment modalities. The OBC can and has produced devices from the smallest of instruments for intra-ocular surgery to sophisticated lasers. For example, the intellectual and technical contribution of the OBC was critical to the development of vitrectomy in the early 1970’s.

Leadership & Management

Jean-Marie Parel, Ph.D. is the OBC Director. Dr. Parel is appointed to the Henri and Flore Lesieur Chair in Ophthalmology and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Location

The OBC is located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the McKnight Building, rooms117, 214, and 215.

Resources

Resources include a completely equipped machine shop, staffed by a mechanical engineer, an electronic lab staffed by an electronics engineer, facilities for optical system design, a laser laboratory, a polymer laboratory and a surgical suite for experimental surgery.

For more information, please contact:

Jean-Marie Parel, Ph.D

Director, Ophthalmic Biophysics Center
Email: jmparel@med.miami.edu
Phone: 305-326-6369
William L. McKnight Building, 1st floor