Kenneth Alexander, PhD

Professor Emeritus Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
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Biographical Info

BA/BS Magna Cum Laude—University of Washington, Seattle; elected to Phi Beta Kappa
MS in Psychology—University of Washington, Seattle
PhD in Psychology—University of Washington
NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship—Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester


The overall goal of Dr. Alexander’s research is to develop improved methods for monitoring visual dysfunction in persons with retinal degenerations. These methods will help identify more homogeneous patient subgroups for clinical trials and better evaluate the outcome of potential therapeutic strategies, as well as provide new insights into the disease pathophysiology.  His research program has been continually funded by NEI since 1984.  He has over 120 peer reviewed papers published, in press and in preparation.  He is a member of Sigma Xi, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and an ARVO Silver Fellow.  He joined the Department in 1981 and also has adjunct appointments in the departments of Psychology and Bioengineering at UIC.  He served as the Marion H. Schenk, Esq. Professor in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences from 2002 through August 2010, when he retired from the full time faculty.  He presently continues his research as a part-time member of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences faculty.

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Categories: Ophthalmology Emeritus Faculty