George Timberlake, PhD (Advisor)

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ERI Scientific Advisory Panel Chair

Dr. Timberlake is retired Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Research in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and former Senior Eye-Vision Researcher at the Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center. He attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, receiving a BS degree from Maryland in Psychology/Physics-Mathematics. He received an MA in Psychology from Northeastern University for studies of visually evoked cortical potentials and a PhD in Psychology for research on primate fixational eye movements. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience at the Schepens Eye Research Institute (SERI) in Boston and an E.B. Dunphy Fellow in Ophthalmic Physics at SERI. He has previously served as an Assistant Scientist in the Ophthalmic Physics Group at SERI, an Instructor in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. At SERI, Dr. Timberlake and Dr. Robert Webb, inventor of the Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO), performed the first SLO retinal functional maps, and Dr Timberlake was the first to demonstrate the retinal fixation locus using the SLO and coined the term “Preferred Retinal Locus” (PRL) in 1982. He became Head of the Physiological Optics Unit at SERI, was appointed Associate Scientist at SERI, and was Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Ophthalmology (London) with Prof John Marshall. He joined the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas as Associate Professor and was a Regensburger Hans Fielberth Visiting Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Regensburg, Germany. He had a joint appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and was an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas.  He has published extensively in the areas of eye movements, scanning laser ophthalmoscope research, low vision, laser-tissue interaction, and light-activated collagen cross-linking. His current research concerns PRL-hand coordination.