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Collaboration between biologists and engineers leads to new software to measure the morphology of the centers of acute vision in vertebrates



Grad students Bret Moore and Luke Tyrrell from Prof. Fernandez-Juricic's lab in Biological Sciences collaborated with grad student Innfarn Yoo from Prof. Bedrich Benes' lab in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue to develop a new piece of software that can characterize in an standardized manner the morphology of a common center of acute vision in vertebrates: the fovea. The software can use pictures of histological cross-sections or optical coherence tomography. This new program is freely available for academic use ( and can be used to study the evolution of acute vision in vertebrates and to improve the diagnosis of eye diseases in veterinary medicine.

Source: Moore BA, Yoo I, Tyrrell LP, Benes B, Fernandez-Juricic E. (2016) FOVEA: a new program to standardize the measurement of foveal pit morphology. PeerJ 4:e1785 (

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