Dr Sarita Soni is a Professor of Optometry, Associate Vice President for Research at Indiana University and Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University-Bloomington. As Vice Provost for Research at the IU Bloomington campus, Dr Soni is responsible for coordinating and developing research across disciplines and schools at IU Bloomington and is responsible for eighteen campus research centres and institutes. She oversees all of the internal research funding and all grant programs that are administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
Dr Soni received her Ophthalmic Optics degree from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in Manchester, England and her Doctor of Optometry degree and Master of Science degree in Pathology from Indiana University. In 1995 she led the establishment of the Borish Centre for Ophthalmic Research for patient based research in vision at Indiana University and served as its co-director until 2006. Dr Soni’s research focuses on cornea, application of contact lenses and correction of refractive errors which has resulted in over seventy publications.
Professor Soni is a diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Therapy Section of the American Academy of Optometry. She is an elected distinguished fellow of the National Academies of Practice. Dr Soni served as the Interim Dean at Indiana University School of Optometry from 2008 to 2010.
She has served as a voting member on the FDA's Ophthalmic Devices panel, as a member of the NIH National Advisory Eye Council and the Research Council of the American Optometric Association. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Optometry and is a past president of the American Optometric Foundation. Dr Soni is recipient of William Feinbloom Award of the American Academy of Optometry.