Dr. Sangeetha Metlapally is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Vision Science. She teaches courses in the OD and MS curricula, and conducts research in the fields of Optics and Binocular Vision.
Dr. Metlapally obtained her Optometry degree and clinical experience through a joint program offered by two premier institutions in India: Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India and Elite School of Optometry (ESO), Chennai, India.
Dr. Metlapally began her research career with a PhD in Vision Science funded by competitive scholarships at the School of Optometry, The University of Melbourne. Through her PhD studies, she investigated how signals from lens defocus manipulations regulate eye growth and short-sightedness (myopia). Dr. Metlapally moved to the United States for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, her research characterized the ultramicroscopic features of the crystalline lens in the eye to estimate the scattering and opacity they would produce in advanced age-related cataracts. During her tenure as a Clinical Scientist at the School of Optometry at the University of California (UC) at Berkeley, she established a patient-oriented clinical research program (see current research on her research page), while being funded by the National Eye Institute’s K12 and K23 awards.
Investigating clinically relevant questions, and training students to be better clinicians and researchers are immensely interesting and fulfilling to Dr. Metlapally. She believes that research and teaching processes complement and inform each other. She looks forward to sharing her experiences in the Optometry and Vision Science realms with students, aiming for them to become enthusiastic lifelong learners, teachers and peers. Outside academics, Dr. Metlapally enjoys spending time with her family, learning and singing classical music (Carnatic and Western styles), loves to cook, travel and run long distances!