Pablo Artal, Professor


Pablo Artal studied Physics at the University of Zaragoza. He was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Madrid-CSIC “Instituto de Optica” under the supervision of Javier Santamaria, a post-doctoral research fellow, first at Cambridge University (UK) and later at the Institut d’Optique in Orsay, France. He obtained a researcher position at the Instituto de Optica. In 1994, he became the first full Professor of Optics at the University of Murcia, Spain founding the “Laboratorio de Optica”. He spent sabbatical years in Rochester (USA) and Sydney (Australia) and currently is a distinguished visiting professor at the Central South University in Changsha, China. His research interests are centered on the optics of eye and the retina and the development of optical and electronic imaging techniques to be applied in Vision, Ophthalmology and Biomedicine.

He has published more than 300 reviewed papers that received more than 22200 citations (h-index of 78). He was elected fellow member of the Optical Society of America (OSA) in 1999, fellow of the Association for research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in 2009 and 2013 (gold class), fellow of the European Optical Society (EOS) in 2014 and fellow of the SPIE in 2016. In 2013, he received the “Edwin H. Land Medal” for scientific contributions to the advancement of diagnostic and correction alternatives in visual optics. In 2014, he was awarded with an Advanced Research grant of the European Research Council. In 2015, he received the “King Jaime I” award. In 2018, he was awarded the Spanish National Research award “Juan de la Cierva” and in 2019 the “Edgar D. Tillyer” award of the OSA for “the pioneering use of optics and photonics technologies to unravel the human visual system and to improve eye diagnostics and correction”. In 2021, he was awarded the medal of the Spanish Royal Physics Society. He is a co-inventor of 30 international patents in the fields of Optics and Ophthalmology and the co-founder of four spin-off.