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Roberts, Cynthia

Cynthia Roberts, PhD
Research Division ( Does not see patients)

Research Interests
Corneal biomechanics in glaucoma, Refractive surgery invivio, Measurement of corneal biomechanical properties, Corneal topography, and Laser-tissue interaction


  • Nursing BS – University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA
  • Electrical Engineering MS – The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH
  • Biomedical Engineering PHD – The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH


Dr. Roberts serves as Director of Research in the Department of Ophthalmology, and has a 20% cross appointment in Biomedical Engineering where she advises Ph.D. and M.S. students in vision research. Dr. Roberts is an excellent cross-college bridge between Medicine and Engineering. 
Dr. Roberts research interests include corneal and ocular biomechanics in cornea, refractive surgery and glaucoma; in vivo measurement of corneal biomechanics including ultrasonic and dynamic topographic techniques, as well as ophthalmic imaging applications including corneal topography, Scheimpflug tomography, and Optical Coherence Tomography. She received a research award from the Columbus Foundation for $87,000 to investigate a new biomechanical mechanism of damage of the optic nerve in glaucoma, which is one of 5 funding priorities of the NEI in the area of glaucoma. 

Dr. Roberts has given over 120 National and International Invited Lectures in courses for CME credit or the equivalent in European countries, 14 of which were in the last year.  In addition, she has published over 75 papers in peer reviewed journals with 8 in the past year; she has contributed to 18 book chapters and is currently editing a book on Corneal Topography.  She has given over 170 invited scientific presentations, both domestically and internationally, with 10 given in the past year including those in France, England, Austria, Egypt and Cyprus.  Dr. Roberts has participated in over 140 scientific abstracts, with 6 ARVO paper/posters in 2012.  She has served as Session Chair, Moderator, or Panelist at multiple scientific meetings. 

Dr.  Roberts continues to serve on the Editorial Board of 2 major journals in Ophthalmology, as well as the Selection Committee for a Fellowship in Vision Research offered by Prevent Blindness Ohio. She consults for multiple medical device companies.




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Contact Information

E-mail: Roberts.8@osu.edu 

Phone: (614) 293-7039
Fax: (614) 293-5602
Address: 915 Olentangy River Road, 5th Floor, Columbus, OH 43212