Ramkumar Sabesan

University of Washington


Ramkumar Sabesan is Associate Research Professor at the University of Washington (UW), Department of Ophthalmology. He holds adjunct appointments in the departments of UW Bioengineering and of Biological Structure, and is a member of the Graduate program in Neuroscience and University of Washington Institute for Neuroengineering. The Sabesan lab studies functional mechanisms by which retinal photoreceptors and their ensuing visual pathways mediate the most fundamental aspects of vision. This is enabled by the ability of ophthalmic adaptive optics to provide in vivo cellular scale access to the visual system for physiological and psychophysical assays. He has received several awards including the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Careers at the Scientific Interfaces Award, Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award, Alcon Research Institute Young Investigator Award, and being named a Kavli fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India and his Ph.D. in Optics at the Institute of Optics and Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Optometry at University of California, Berkeley before joining UW as faculty.