Robert Linsenmeier Professor

Research Summary

Retinal microenvironment

We are interested in the microenvironment in which the neurons of the retina work. Studying the distribution and regulation of ions, substrates and metabolites allows us to understand aspects of cell biology, physiology and energy metabolism in the intact retina. Also, many blinding diseases are caused by problems with the vasculature and its ability to supply nutrients to the tissue. Our work provides insight into these diseases. 


The focus of our current work is to understand the relationships between oxidative and glycolytic metabolism in the retina, and to work on animal models for diseases such as retinal vascular occlusion, diabetic retinopathy, and photoreceptor degenerations.

Selected Publications

Selected Honors/Awards

  • 2011  Chair, College of Fellows, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.
  • 2009  Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • 2008  Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll
  • 2008  Editor in Chief, Current Eye Research
  • 2007  Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award, Biomedical
  • Engineering Division, American Society for Engineering Education
  • 2005  Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society
  • 2003-06  Bette and Neison Harris Professor of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University, 9/2003 -  8/2006

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