Ophthalmic Biomaterials Laboratory

Principal Investigator

Morgan DiLeo (Fedorchak), PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology


Lab Personnel

Daniel Bigley
Ahmad Chaudhry, Research Technician
Phillip Harding, Gradaute Student, Bioengineering
Jorge Jimenez, Graduate Student, Bioengineering
Johsua Ong, Medical Student, Unviersity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Jayde Resnick, Research Technician
Parissa Ziaei, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate


Research Interests

Drug delivery, biomaterials, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, glaucoma

The Ophthalmic Biomaterials Lab focuses on the engineering of novel materials to address critical issues in ophthalmology. This includes the development of a completely unique, semi-permanent eye drop platform for delivering ophthalmic drugs. Controlled release systems are of particular interest in the eye, where patients stand to benefit greatly from significantly decreased dosing frequency and risk of side effects. Our lab is currently testing a number of these systems for a variety of diseases, including glaucoma and ocular infection. Another aim of the lab is regeneration and/or protection of ocular tissues using readily-translatable biomimetic materials.

For more information, please visit:
The DiLeo Lab
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration
Swanson School of Engineering


Select Recent Publications

Dr. DiLeo's Publications


Funding Support

Wallace H. Coulter Foundation

Research to Prevent Blindness

National Eye Institute

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Cystinosis Research Foundation



The Ophthalmic Biomaterials Lab is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for an open postdoctoral research position in the field of drug delivery. If interested, please contact Dr. DiLeo (fedorchak@pitt.edu) and include a copy of your CV.


Contact Information

Morgan DiLeo, PhD
BST-3, Room 10048
Pittsburgh PA 15213