Christye Sisson joined the Biomedical Photographic Communications department at RIT in 1997 after working as an ophthalmic photographer in Boston, Massachusetts and in Rochester. Christye holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Photographic Communications, and is a Certified Retinal Angiographer. She was appointed chair of the newly formed Photographic Sciences department (formerly Biomedical Photographic Communications and Imaging and Photographic Technology programs) in 2010. Christye is an Associate Professor, and teaches various courses including Ophthalmic Photography I and II, Vision and Perception in Imaging, and Careers and Professional Practices courses for the Photographic Sciences department.
Christye holds a Visiting Faculty appointment at the Flaum Eye Institute, part of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is involved with a number of image quality and color in fundus imaging projects, including Tele-I-Health, a diabetic retinopathy screening program. Christye is also the project director of the Color Eye Model project, a sub-group of the Medical Imaging Working Group with the International Color Consortium (ICC), co-founded by the FDA and ICC.
Christye is active in the Ophthalmic Photographer’s Society and has hosted the OPS’s CRA (Certified Retinal Angiographer) Exam, acting as both site coordinator and examiner. She is a past member of the OPS Board of Certification, which oversees the certification and administration of the Certified Retinal Angiographer’s exam and activities. Christye oversees all aspects of the ophthalmic activities and equipment that the department maintains, and is also a faculty advisor for the Photographic Sciences Club.