John T. Siegwart, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Vision Sciences

Contact Information
Office – 205.934.6733

Physical Address
302 Worrell Building
924 18th Street South


Mailing Address
1530 Third Avenue South
WORB 302
Birmingham, AL 35294-4390


B.S., 1978, Biology, Birmingham Southern College                

B.S.M.E, 1985, Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

M.S., 1996, Vision Science, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

PhD, 1997, Vision Science, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham


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Research has shown that both genetics and the visual environment contribute to myopia development. My primary research interest is the interaction between genetic and environmental factors that control eye growth and susceptibility to myopia development. Current studies involve the manipulation of the visual environment in an animal model to determine the effect on eye growth, scleral biomechanics, and gene expression in the sclera, choroid, and retina. The goal of these studies is to develop practical treatments to reduce or eliminate myopia development in children.



Additional Information:


Dr Jillian Meadows presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series
Sponsored by the UAB VSRC, the Helen Keller Art show honors students with visual impairments for their artistic abilities and creative works.
Vision Science PhD trainee Katie Bales presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series


UAB School of Optometry
1716 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35233
P: (205) 975-2020



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