To realize the specific purpose of ORBITlab, an interdisciplinary team consisting of faculty, staff, and students from Bioengineering, Business, Design, OTM, and Ophthalmology has been assembled.  Each ORBITlab team member leverages years of design experience ranging from other UIC design initiatives to private industry. ORBITlab will use this vast expertise to create innovative ophthalmological solutions for you. &nbsp

The ORBITlab faculty are stratified into four roles: Executive Directors (ED), Technical Directors (TD), Faculty Advisors (FA), and Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS).  A list of team members, their role, and affiliated department are included below.


Executive Directors


Dr. Mark Rosenblatt

Dr. Mark Rosenblatt, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Professor and Head, UIC Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Illinois Lions/Charles I. Young Chair in Ocular Research

Director, Corneal Regenerative Medicine Laboratory

Associate Director, MSTP

Prof. Peter Pfanner

Prof. Peter Pfanner, M.D.M.

Executive Director, UIC Innovation Center

Research Professor, UIC Dept. of Industrial Design

Research Professor, UIC Dept. of Urology


Technical Directors


Dr. Yannek Leiderman


Dr. Yannek I. Leiderman, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, UIC Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Dr. Anthony E Felder


Dr. Anthony E Felder, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, UIC Bioengineering

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Departmental Advisors


Prof. Charles Frisbee



Prof. Charles Frisbee, M.B.A.

Lecturer, UIC Business

Assistant Director, MAD Lab

Dr. Cristian Luciano


Dr. Cristian Luciano, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, UIC Dept. of Bioengineering

Prof. Kimberlee Wilkens

Prof. Kimberlee Wilkens, M.F.A.

Instructor, UIC Department of Industrial Design

Affiliate Faculty, UIC Department of Urology

Design Faculty, UR*lab/MAD Lab/ORBITlab

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Lauren Kalinoski

Lauren Kalinoski

Research Associate II, UIC Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Biomedical Illustrator for Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Science


Technology Transfer Specialist


Jonathan Gortat



Jonathan Gortat, M.B.A.

Senior Technology Manager, UIC Office of Technology Management




Aaron Chicano

Aaron Chicano

Undergraduate Student, UIC Dept. of Industrial Design

Matteo De Silvestri

Matteo De Silvestri

Graduate Student, UIC Dept. of Bioengineering