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.  

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

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

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.

Assistant Professor, UIC Department of Industrial Design

Affiliate Faculty, UIC Department of Urology

Design Faculty, UR*lab/MAD Lab/ORBITlab

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Technology Transfer Specialist

Jonathan Gortat

Jonathan Gortat, M.B.A.

Senior Technology Manager, UIC Office of Technology Management


Past Members

Dr. Anthony E Felder

Dr. Anthony E. Felder, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, UIC Bioengineering

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Matthew Tomback

Matthew Tomback, M.S.

Dr. Mark Rosenblatt

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

Aaron Chicano

Aaron Chicano, BDes

Matteo De Silvestri

Matteo De Silvestri, B.S.