Journal of Veterinary Science & Medical Diagnosis ISSN: 2325-9590

Jacob Sivak

Jacob Sivak, PhD
Department of Biology
University of Waterloo, Canada

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Dr. Jacob Sivak was trained as an optometrist at the Université de Montréal and completed a PhD in Physiology at Cornell University in 1972. Dr. Sivak and his collaborators and graduate students, have published over 230 articles on the refractive components, optical aberrations and accommodative (focusing) mechanisms of the vertebrate eye. Dr. Jacob Sivak has also developed and patented a novel lens organ culture and scanning optical system designed to use abattoir supplied tissue to measure toxicological ocular sensitivity as an alternative to the use of live animals. Dr. Jacob Sivak, a professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science and the Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, has held a Senior NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Industrial Research Chair. He has held a number of administrative posts at the University, including that of Director of the School of Optometry for four terms, and most recently, Dean of Graduate Studies of the University of Waterloo. He has received a number of awards and distinctions as a result of his research. These include the Fry Award of the American Association of Optometry, the Proctor Medal of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and honorary doctorates from the Université de Montréal and The State University of New York. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002 and he received an award for excellence in graduate supervision from the University of Waterloo in 2006. He was also recently awarded the title of University Professor by the University of Waterloo for exceptional scholarly achievement.

Research Interest

Dr. Jacob Sivak’s areas of research are-

  • Phylogeny and ontogeny of the eye
  • Refractive development of the eye
  • Ocular toxicology
  • Cataract


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