With aspirations to be viewed as more than a vision care company, Bausch & Lomb created an endowed professorship in microsystem engineering to advance innovation in medical technology. Dr. David Borkholder BS ’92 is the current professor and an expert in the biology of the inner ear and auditory dysfunction, with a strong focus on therapy-directed microsystems and sensors. He holds several patents related to cell-based biosensors and DNA analysis and is a charter member of the National Institutes of Health Bioengineering of Neuroscience, Vision, and Low Vision Technologies study section.
Most recently, Dr. Borkholder was charged with leading RIT’s signature research initiative in personalized healthcare technology, which seeks to develop mobile and wearable technology to directly monitor patients’ health measures. Borkholder, an RIT alumnus, professor, mentor, and entrepreneur, is teaching his students the difference between just making gadgets or widgets and making things that improve people’s lives.
"Holding the Bausch & Lomb Endowed Professorship gives me the time and discretionary funds to explore new areas of research. This freedom is essential in aggressively expanding research in my laboratory and also enables RIT to offer highly valuable research experiences to a broader range of graduate and undergraduate students."
- David Borkholder, Ph.D., BS '92, Bausch & Lomb Endowed Professor