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Fabrice Manns

Professor and Chair
Biomedical Engineering
University of Miami
United States of America

Fabrice Manns


Dr. Manns is a professor of biomedical engineering and ophthalmology and the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, where he has also previously served as associate chairman and graduate program director. He has been a University of Miami faculty member since 1997. Manns divides his time between the Coral Gables campus and the Medical campus, where he is the co-director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Ophthalmic Biophysics Center. The Ophthalmic Biophysics Center is a research laboratory founded in 1970 by Prof. Jean-Marie Parel and is dedicated to the development of technologies designed to improve patient eye care. Manns leads a research program in the broad field of biomedical optics, including studies on the optics of the eye. His current research activities are the development of optical imaging and biometry systems to study the mechanism of accommodation and presbyopia and the relationship between the optics and anatomy of the eye to help optimize vision-correction procedures. He has also collaborated with clinicians on the development of laser and optical instrumentation for treatment or diagnosis of diseases in the fields of breast cancer, urology and otolaryngology. He has served as a lead investigator on both federally funded and industry-sponsored projects. Manns teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on medical imaging, biomedical optical instrumentation and imaging, medical applications of lasers, and optics of the eye. He also is an instructor in Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s master’s program in visual science and investigative ophthalmology, where he coordinates a course on visual optics. Manns has been the chair of SPIE’s Ophthalmic Technologies Conference since 1997. He is an associate editor of the Optical Society of America’s Biomedical Optics Express journal and serves on the program committee of the annual meeting of the International Society for Imaging in the Eye. Manns received an electrical engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique et de Radioélectricité de Bordeaux (now ENSEIRB MATMECA) and a post-graduate degree from the University of Bordeaux in microelectronics. He earned his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute sponsored by Fight for Sight before being hired as a faculty member jointly by the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Ophthalmology in 1997.

Research Interest

Laser applications in medicine, Biomedical optical imaging, Optics of the eye and vision correction, Ophthalmic technologies


  • Maceo-Heilman, B., Manns, F., De Castro, A., Durkee, H., Arrieta, E., Marcos, S., Parel, J. (2015).Changes in monkey crystalline lens spherical aberration during simulated accommodation in a lens stretcher. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 56, In Press (published online).

  • De Freitas, C., Cabot, F., Culbertson, W., Yoo, S., Parel, J., Manns, F. (2015).Calculation of ophthalmic viscoelastic device-induced focus shift during femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 56, 1222-1227.

  • Wu, C., Han, Z., Wang, S., Li, J., Singh, M., Liu, C., Aglyamov, S., Emelianov, S., Manns, F., Larin, K. V. (2015).Assessing age-related changes in the biomechanical properties of rabbit lens using a co-aligned ultrasound and optical coherence elastography system. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 56, 1292-1300.

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