Dr. Ian Sigal is an Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Ocular Biomechanics in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Bioengineering in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to this he was a Research Associate in the Ocular Biomechanics Laboratory at the Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Sigal earned his undergraduate degree in physics at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He then went to the University of Toronto, where he earned his MASc in Aerospace Engineering at the Institute for Aerospace Studies, followed by his PhD in the Biomedical Engineering Collaborative Program in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He then completed two postdoctoral fellowships, first at the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, then at Tulane University Department of Biomedical Engineering in New Orleans.
The Laboratory of Ocular Biomechanics works on methods to measure and predict long-term effects of altered ocular biomechanics, such as increased risk of glaucomatous vision loss. This involves both computational and experimental practices. Some examples of the techniques Dr. Sigal is working on developing include:
Development of non-invasive techniques to study ocular biomechanics, their effects on eye health and how these change with aging or disease
Experimental and numerical methods to characterize connective tissue architecture and mechanics. Specifically, the laboratory has developed a state-of-the-art imaging technique based on polarized light microscopy that provides high resolution data on collagen fiber architecture over large regions.
Integrating methods to understand complex, multi-factorial living biomechanical systems
Dr. Sigal is a manuscript reviewer for many journals, including Investigative Ophthalmology and Eye Research, Current Eye Research, Journal of Biomechanics, and Physics in Medicine and Biology, amongst others. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and he speaks basic French.
View more details of Dr. Sigal’s work, including a full list of his publications here.