Bruce Berkowitz

Faculty Profile


Laboratory Web Site

Berkowitz Lab

Position Title

Professor and Director of Small Animal MRI Facility

Office Location

7327 Scott Hall

Office Phone



  • Participates in teaching embryology and histology to MS1 students
  • Co-course Director and teacher of Biology of the Eye (undergraduate)
  • Participates in Biomedical Engineering course
  • Directed study mentor for undergraduate and medical students
  • Ph.D. mentor for graduate students
  • National Seminar speaker

Research Educator, Full time, PhD, Histology and Cell Biology, Embryology

  • Scholars in Vision Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2009
  • Inaugural Class Of ARVO Fellows; Silver level, 2009.
  • Awarded the 2008/9 NeuroImage Editors' choice award (Anatomy and Physiology section) for best paper of the year
  • Invited speaker, Vanderbilt Eye Institute symposium " Biomarkers and Eye Disease”, 2010.
  • Member of steering committee, Translational Neuroscience Program, 2011 – 2013.
  • Invited participate, Lasker/IRRF Initiative on Diabetic Retinopathy, 2012
  • Member of the Microscopy, Imaging and Cytometry Resources Advisory Committee, Karmanos Cancer Institute, 2012 – present
  •  Invited to be on Editorial Board of Investigational Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 2012 – present.
  • National Medical Research Council international expert panel, Ministry of Health, Singapore, 2012 – 2014.
  • Invited speaker, Association for Research in Otolaryngology 36th Annual MidWinter Meeting, 2013
  • Invited tutorial speaker for the 3rd International Summer School on Biomedical Image Analysis, 22-27 July 2013 in Shenyang, China.
  • Invited speaker, "Imaging and Neuroscience of TBI", WSU BME, 2013
  • ARVO Fellow; Gold level, 2013.
  • Invited symposium speaker, 25th anniversary of Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics, NIH, 2014

Continuously funded since 1992. More than 120 publications in peer reviewed journals

Links of Interest

Kresge Eye Institute

Selected publications

PubMed Link

Research Description

Neuroscience; Vision; imaging

Dr. Berkowitz laboratory develops and applies novel analytical imaging biomarkers of treatment efficacy for prodromal improvement of the energy ecosystem;including overproduction of free radicals / oxidative stress; early to mitigate later neurodegeneration in experimental models and in patients. Dr. Berkowitz has published papers in high profile peer-reviewed journals (total: 138; H-index: 46), is a long-standing member of the editorial board for Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, a special guest editor for NMR in Biomedicine, served on the oversight committee for the Wayne State University Translational Neuroscience Program, and served on many NIH study sections. Dr. Berkowitz has mentored undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, medical students, and medical / PhD students (total: 54). Dr. Berkowitz’s trainees have gone on to medical residency, medical practice, research and faculty positions in academia, such as, for example, Dr. David Bissig (a neurologist in Sacramento, California who is affiliated with UC Davis Medical Center).

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