Dr. Tobias Elze
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Co-Director of the MEE Clinical Data Science Institute
Director of Harvard Ophthalmology AI Lab
Schepens Eye Research Institute
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Tobias Elze is a computational vision scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear. His research addresses the methodology of basic and clinical vision science, such as optimal design of experiments and clinical studies and optimal data analysis (particularly for large and high-dimensional datasets). Dr. Elze’s current projects include the functional characterization of eye diseases like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and diabetic retinopathy, and the relationship between retinal structure and functional vision loss. Dr. Elze also develops adaptive sampling techniques for efficient clinical function testing and investigates display technology for clinical applications.
As a former member of the research group “Complex Structures in Biology and Cognition” at Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Dr. Elze focused on methodology in visual neuroscience and psychophysics. In 2011, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Peter Bex at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear, where he started to investigate ophthalmic diseases using psychophysical and bioinformatical methods and machine learning. In 2013, he became an Instructor in Ophthalmology and in 2017 an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Elze was promoted to Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School in 2022. His group works in the intersection among mathematics, computer science, and clinical ophthalmology.