Pablo Artal was a senior researcher at the Instituto de Optica (CSIC) in Madrid until he became Professor of Optics at the University of Murcia, Spain. Prof. Artal was secretary of the Spanish Optical Society (SEDO); associated Dean of the Science Faculty and Director of the Physics Department at Murcia University. He was in charge of the reviewing grants panel in Physics at the Spanish Ministry of Science in Madrid. He is the current president of the Academy of Science of the Murcia Region.
Dr. Artal's research interests are 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 pioneered a number of highly innovative and significant advances in the methods for studying the optics of the eye and has contributed substantially to our understanding of the factors that limit human visual resolution. In addition, several of his results and ideas in the area of ophthalmic instrumentation over the last years have been introduced in instruments and devices currently in use in Vision and Ophthalmology.
He has published more than 150 reviewed papers that received more than 5700 citations (H-index: 41), presented more than 200 invited talks in international meetings and around 120 seminars in research institutions around the world. He was elected fellow member of the Optical Society of America (OSA) in 1999 and a fellow member (inaugural) of ARVO in 2009 and 2013 (gold class). In 2013, he received the prestigious award “Edwin H. Land Medal” for his scientific contributions to the advancement of diagnostic and correction alternatives in visual optics.
He has been the mentor of many graduate and post-doctoral students. He is a co-inventor in 18 international patents in the field of Optics and Ophthalmology. Dr. Artal is the co-founder of four spin-off companies developing different of his concepts and ideas.