Emerging Vision Scientist


Shaohua Pi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, has been selected as a National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Emerging Vision Scientist to advocate vision science to Congress.

“I am genuinely honored and thrilled to have been selected as an AEVR Emerging Vision Scientist,” Dr. Pi said. “Advocating for vision science at such an esteemed platform like Congress underscores the critical nature of our work and its significance to public health. It also represents an opportunity for me to bridge the gap between scientific research and public policy, ensuring that the discoveries we make in the lab can translate into real-world benefits. This recognition also serves as a testament to the potential impact and importance of our work in the field of vision science.”

Dr. Pi’s project aims to develop advanced retinal imaging modalities, specifically through visible light OCT and OCT oximetry technologies. “Its importance cannot be understated given the sheer number of individuals affected by retinal diseases like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy,” he said. “By developing tools that can provide high-definition and functional imaging of the retina, we stand at the precipice of a breakthrough that could revolutionize early detection, monitoring, and treatment of such conditions. The potential impact is profound. On an individual level, it means preserving the quality of life for countless people. On a broader scale, it signifies a reduction in healthcare costs, increased productivity, and improved well-being for society. Additionally, our innovations in optical imaging can have far-reaching implications, not just in ophthalmology, but also in fields like neurology, cardiology, and dermatology, making our project a cornerstone for multiple medical advancements.”

Dr. Pi will travel to DC this month to attend a Congressional reception and meet with PA senators in their offices. He will also present his research project on visible light OCT retinal imaging, which is supported by the Wiegand Entrepreneurial Research Award.