Kostadinka Bizheva

University of Waterloo



Dr. Bizheva is a Professor at the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and is cross-appointed at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences and at the Systems Design Engineering Dept. at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She has received a Diploma (equivalent to MSc degree) in Applied Physics (Solid State Physics and Microelectronics) from the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1993. She has received a second MSc and a PhD degrees in Physics (Biomedical Optics) from Tufts University, USA in 1997 and 2001 respectively. As a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Dr. Drexler’s research group at the Medical University of Vienna (2001-2004) she developed the 1st sub-micrometer axial resolution OCT system and proposed the use of OCT as an optical alternative to electroretinography (so called OR – Optoretinography) for non-invasive probing of retinal function. Dr. Bizheva’s research group at the University of Waterloo focuses on development of high-resolution, high-speed OCT technology for various biomedical applications.