Faculty

An Interdisciplinary Team

UC Davis is internationally recognized for its interdisciplinary approach to research and education. The UCD Center for Vision Science epitomizes this approach. CVS faculty are drawn from 16 different academic departments, and 5 Schools and Colleges, including the School of Medicine, College of Biological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering and College of Letters and Sciences. This interdisciplinary team brings an extraordinary array of expertise to bear on the study of the visual system. The team includes molecular biologists, psychologists, physiologists, neuroscientists, mathematicians, engineers, and clinical ophthalmologists from both human and veterinary medicine, among many other disciplines. Our goal is to conduct research which reveals how the visual system works, and then use this knowledge as a base for developing strategies which improve clinical care.

James B Ames
James B. Ames, Ph.D.
Chemistry
Structure and function of calcium sensor proteins
Rebecca Renee Bellone
Rebecca Renee Bellone, Ph.D.
Veterinary Genetics Laboratory; Vet Med – Population Health and Reproduction
Molecular mechanisms underlying inherited ocular disorders in horses
James David Brandt
James David Brandt, Ph.D.
Ophthalmology
Clinical and basic science aspects of glaucoma
Kenneth H. Britten
Kenneth H. Britten, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior
Higher-order motion processing in extrastriate cortex
Nadean L. Brown
Nadean L. Brown, Ph.D.
Cell Biology & Human Anatomy
Molecular mechanisms regulating development of mammalian lens and retina
Marie E Burns
Marie E. Burns, Ph.D.
Ophthalmology
Photoreceptor physiology and degeneration
Gino A Cortopassi
Gino A. Cortopassi, Ph.D.
Molecular Biosciences
Mitochondrial form and function in inherited optic neuropathies
William DeBello
William M. DeBello, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior; Neurology
Molecular plasticity of owl optic tectum
Jochen Ditterich
Jochen Ditterich, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior
Visual decision making
Melissa B Erickson
Melissa Barnett Erickson, O.D.
Ophthalmology
Cornea and contact lenses including speciality contatct lenses
Paul G. FitzGerald
Paul G. FitzGerald, Ph.D.
Cell Biology & Human Anatomy
Lens-specific intermediate filament proteins
Joy J. Geng
Joy J. Geng, Ph.D.
Center for Mind and Brain
Integrated attention
Nandini G. Gandhi
Nandini G. Gandhi, M.D.
Ophthalmology
Pediatric and adult strabismus
Tom M. Glaser
Tom Glaser, M.D., Ph.D.
Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
Genetic basis of mammalian eye development and retinal cell fate specification
Mark Steven Goldman
Mark Steven Goldman, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
Computer and mathematical models for sensory, oculomotor, and short-term memory systems
John M. Henderson
John M. Henderson, Ph.D.
Psychology
Attention, eye movements, scene perception and reading
Leonard M Hjelmeland
Leonard M. Hjelmeland, Ph.D.
Molecular & Cellular Biology, Ophthalmology
Senescence of retinal pigment epithelium
Henry Ho, Ph.D.
Henry Ho, Ph.D.
Cell Biology & Human Anatomy
The role of receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in visual system function and disease
Andrew T. Ishida
Andrew T. Ishida, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
Modulation of retinal ganglion cell excitability
John L Keltner
John L. Keltner, M.D.
Ophthalmology
MS and effects of vision; cancer related retinopathies, optic neuropathies, and other autoimmune retinopathies
Leah A Krubitzer
Leah A. Krubitzer, Ph.D.
Psychology
Cortical organization and plasticity
Anna La Torre, Ph.D.
Anna La Torre, Ph.D.
Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal progenitor competence and differentiation
Jennifer Y Li
Jennifer Y. Li, M.D.
Ophthalmology
Cornea
Michelle C. Lim
Michelle C. Lim, M.D.
Ophthalmology
Glaucoma and retinal imaging
Lily Koo Lin
Lily K. Lin, M.D.
Ophthalmology
Eyelid, tear duct/lacrimal system, and orbit disease treatments
Angelique Y. Louie
Angelique Y. Louie, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineering
Molecular and cellular imaging, MRI
Steven J. Luck
Steven J. Luck, Ph.D.
Psychology
Neural and cognitive mechanisms of attention and working memory
David J. Maggs
David J. Maggs, Ph.D.
Surgery & Radiology; Veterinary Medicine
Comparative ophthalmology, feline and equine herpesvirus
George R. Mangun
George R. Mangun, Ph.D.
Psychology, Neurology
Visual attention and fMRI
Mark J. Mannis
Mark J. Mannis, M.D.
Ophthalmology
Human cornea and ocular pathogens
Nicholas Marsh-Armstrong, Ph.D.
Nicholas Marsh-Armstrong, Ph.D.
Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Neuron glia interactions
Kimberley A. McAllister
Kimberly A. McAllister, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior; Neurology
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of visual plasticity
Lawrence S. Morse
Lawrence S. Morse, M.D., Ph.D.
Ophthalmology
Pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration
Ala Moshiri
Ala Moshiri, M.D., Ph.D.
Ophthalmology
Vitreoretinal Surgery and Uveitis
Christopher Murphy
Christopher Murphy, DVM, Ph.D.
Surgical & Radiological Sciences; Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences
Corneal wound healing and repair, and comparative optics
Gary Novack
Gary Novack, Ph.D.
Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences
Development of new therapeutics, patient adherence and performance, regulatory affairs
Lisa Oakes
Lisa Oakes, Ph.D.
Psychology
Origins and development of visual attention, perception, and memory in infancy
Mary A O'Hara
Mary A. O'Hara, Ph.D.
Ophthalmology
Pediatric ophthalmology and perception
Tingrui Pan
Tingrui Pan, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineering
Micro- and nanotechnological approaches to studying glaucoma and ocular drug delivery
Susanna S Park
Susanna S. Park, M.D., Ph.D.
Ophthalmology
Pharmacological treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy
Edward N Pugh
Edward N. Pugh, Jr., Ph.D.
Physiology
Retinal photoreceptors and color vision
Gregg Recanzone
Gregg H. Recanzone, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior
Cortical mechanisms of visual, auditory, and somatosensory interactions
Susan Rivera
Susan Rivera, Ph.D.
Psychology
Development of symbolic representation in infants and children
Paul Russell
Paul Russell, Ph.D.
Ophthalmology
Trabecular meshwork, glaucoma, and corneal wound repair
Naoki Saito
Karen Ryan, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Neuroendocrine regulation of feeding behavior, body weight and glucose control; Mechanisms linking psychological stress and metabolic disease
Naoki Saito
Naoki Saito, Ph.D.
Mathematics
Feature extraction mechanisms in human vision
Ivan R Schwab
Ivan R. Schwab, M.D.
Ophthalmology
Corneal epithelial autografting
Tony J Simon
Tony J. Simon, Ph.D.
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Cognitive impairments in genetic disorders
Vivek J. Srinivasan
Vivek J. Srinivasan, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineering
Biophotonics technologies for basic and translational research and clinical diagnostics, neuroimaging, neurovascular coupling, cerebral blood flow and metabolism, in vivo functional optical imaging, light-tissue interactions.
Alice Tarantal
Alice Tarantal, Ph.D.
Cell Biology & Human Anatomy, Pediatrics
Nonhuman primate models, gene therapy, stem cell transplantation, in vivo imaging
Sara Thomasy
Sara Thomasy, DVM, PhD, DACVO
Surgical and Radiological Sciences, Veterinary Medicine
Corneal wound healing, glaucoma, large animal models Of ocular disease, and ocular pharmacology and toxicology
Lin Tian
Lin Tian, Ph.D.
Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine
Optical neurophysiology of neural circuitry in health and disease
James Trimmer
James Trimmer, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior; Physiology and Membrane Biology
Molecular mechanisms responsible for conferring plasticity to intrinsic neuronal excitability
W Martin Usrey
W. Martin Usrey, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior; Neurology
Functional organization of thalamo-cortical interactions
David K Warland
David K. Warland, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior
Visual neural computation and coding
John S Werner
John S. Werner, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior; Ophthalmology
Correlating in vivo retinal images and functional measures of color and spatial vision, and their changes across the life span and in disease
Glenn C. Yiu
Glenn C. Yiu, M.D., Ph.D.
Ophthalmology
Pathogenesis & Therapy of Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Other Retinal Diseases
Robert J. Zawadzki
Robert J. Zawadzki, Ph.D.
Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Various types of retinal and ONH diseases
Min Zhao
Min Zhao, M.D., Ph.D.
Dermatology
Corneal wound healing
Jie Zheng
Jie Zheng, Ph.D.
Physiology & Membrane Biology
TRPB and cGMP-gated channels