Tom earned his PhD in Zoology from the University of Toronto in 1997, working on crustacean neuroanatomy and behaviour. This was followed by a post-doc at York University (Toronto), where he carried out research on insect physiology and reproduction. Tom then joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, conducting morphological studies related to the eye disease, glaucoma. Following a short stint as a technician at the Eye Bank of Canada, he became a member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2015.
Tom continues to work on a variety of morphological studies related to glaucoma, with a focus on those areas of the outflow system (Schlemm’s canal and trabebular meshwork) where the disease is thought to originate. He is also involved in projects which concern the biomechanics of the sclera and its role in the progression of glaucoma.
Tom owns 8 fish!