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Dr. Avesh Raghunandan
Distinguished Teacher
Avesh Raghunandan, O.D., Ph.D., is a
professor in Ferris State University’s
Michigan College of Optometry.
He received an Optometry degree
from the University of Durban-Westville
in his native country of South Africa in
1995. Raghunandan completed certification
in advanced diagnosis and treatment of
ocular diseases from the New England
College of Optometry in 1998, received a
master's degree in Physiological Optics in
2000, and later earned a joint O.D. – Ph.D.
degree from the University of Houston.
In addition to his duties as an educator
at MCO, Raghunandan’s clinical
responsibilities include primary eye
care, electrodiagnostic services and
pediatric eye care.
His awards include a 1998 Fulbright Scholarship and an Erhardt Fellowship in 2000.
Raghunandan has lectured in the areas of physiological optics, vision science, binocular
vision and ocular disease diagnostic procedures. He is actively engaged in clinically
relevant research in basic sciencevision.
“I’m passionate about research pertaining to the mechanisms of monocular and binocular
human vision systems, especially those systems that are abnormal. I firmly believe that
research is an extension of the classroom. It plays a very important role in developing
students’ analytical skills,” says Raghunandan. His research interests include binocular
vision, eye movements, motion processing, and spatial vision in normal and abnormal
visual systems. As a result of his passion for teaching and research, Raghunandan was
named to StateStats.org's list of the Top 25 STEM professors in Michigan.
In addition to his teaching, Raghunandan worked for the International Center for Eye
Education in South Africa, a non-governmental organization which helps to deliver rural-
based eye care services and vision-related research. He and his wife, Prathibha, have one
daughter, Meera.
Commencement Speaker
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