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Steven J. Pittler (b. 1959) Professor, Department of Vision Sciences, Ophthalmology, Senior Scientist in the VSRC, AMDC, and CSBE with secondary appointments in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Biochemistry. He received his undergraduate training in biochemistry from Michigan State University (1983). He completed his doctoral studies at Michigan State University (1989) after which he was an NRSA Neurobiology Postdoctoral Fellow at Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine. In 1995 he became Director of the Center for Eye Research, at the College of Medicine at University of South Alabama. Also in 1995 Dr. Pittler was the recipient of the international Cogan award for excellence in vision research. He came to the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1999.