Bruce A. Berkowitz (aa1924)

University information

Title: Professor
Unit: Ophthalmology Visual Anatomical Sci
Department: School of Medicine

Contact information

7327 Scott Hall
Detroit, 48202

Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences

Laboratory Web Site:

Berkowitz Lab

Position Title: Professor and Director of Small Animal MRI Facility
Office Location: 7327 Scott Hall
Office Phone: 313-577-9035
  • Participates in teaching embryology and histology to MS1 students
  • Co-course Director and teacher of Biology of the Eye (undergraduate)
  • Participates in Biomedical Engineering course
  • Directed study mentor for undergraduate and medical students
  • Ph.D. mentor for graduate students
  • National Seminar speaker
  • Research Educator, Full time, PhD, Histology and Cell Biology, Embryology

  • Scholars in Vision Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2009
  • Inaugural Class Of ARVO Fellows; Silver level, 2009.
  • Awarded the 2008/9 NeuroImage Editors' choice award (Anatomy and Physiology section) for best paper of the year
  • Invited speaker, Vanderbilt Eye Institute symposium " Biomarkers and Eye Disease”, 2010.
  • Member of steering committee, Translational Neuroscience Program, 2011 – 2013.
  • Invited participate, Lasker/IRRF Initiative on Diabetic Retinopathy, 2012
  • Member of the Microscopy, Imaging and Cytometry Resources Advisory Committee, Karmanos Cancer Institute, 2012 – present
  •  Invited to be on Editorial Board of Investigational Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 2012 – present.
  • National Medical Research Council international expert panel, Ministry of Health, Singapore, 2012 – 2014.
  • Invited speaker, Association for Research in Otolaryngology 36th Annual MidWinter Meeting, 2013
  • Invited tutorial speaker for the 3rd International Summer School on Biomedical Image Analysis, 22-27 July 2013 in Shenyang, China.
  • Invited speaker, "Imaging and Neuroscience of TBI", WSU BME, 2013
  • ARVO Fellow; Gold level, 2013.
  • Invited symposium speaker, 25th anniversary of Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics, NIH, 2014

Continuously funded since 1992. More than 120 publications in peer reviewed journals

Links of Interest:

Kresge Eye Institute

Selected publications:
Bruce A. Berkowitz

Translational Neuroscience Program

Title: Professor
Laboratory Web Site:

 Berkowitz Lab

Research Interests:

Our goal is to prevent vision loss and blindness due to diabetic retinopathy and neurodegenerative disease. We develop and apply functional MRI methods to detect the effectiveness of a treatment earlier in the course of disease than is currently possible.


Diabetic retinopathy, retinopathy of prematurity, age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa


Human, rats and mice.


Manganese-Enhanced MRI (MEMRI).

Key Collaborators

Tim Kern (Case Western Reserve University), Paul Tofts (Brighton and Sussex Medical School, England)

Bruce A. Berkowitz

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