Dr. Joseph Bonanno, dean of the IU School of Optometry since October 2010, joined the school’s faculty in July 1998. His research is in corneal physiology. He also served as associate dean for research from 2005 to 2007 and as associate dean for academic affairs from 2007 to 2010.
Bonanno received his B.A in biology from the University of Pennsylvania (1975); and his M.S. in molecular biology (1977), O.D. (1981) and Ph.D. in physiological optics (1987) from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed a primary care residency at the Eye Institute–Pennsylvania College of Optometry (1982) and was director of the Contact Lens Service at Wills Eye Hospital (1982-83). He did his postdoctoral work at Louisiana State University Department of Ophthalmology (1987–88) and the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Physiology–Anatomy, 1988–89. He then joined the faculty at UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 1989 as assistant professor, where he attained the rank of professor in 1997.
Bonanno is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Physiological Society.
Areas of Expertise
Cornea, Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy.