Michael Julien Alexandre Girard, PhD
Dr. Michael Girard is the recipient of the prestigious Imperial College Junior Research Fellowship in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. He completed his Ph.D. at Tulane University, gaining expertise in experimental and computational soft tissue biomechanics and investigating the role of scleral biomechanics in glaucoma. Although strong evidence now suggests that biomechanics plays a major role in glaucoma, concrete proofs are still lacking. Girard's current research aims to provide such proofs. Specifically, he intends to quantify, for the first time, optic nerve head and corneal biomechanics in vivo and understand their association with glaucomatous vision loss. The findings of his research can potentially be translated to the clinic in the form of novel biomechanically-based diagnostic tools and therapies for glaucoma.