An Interdisciplinary Team

UC Davis is internationally recognized for its interdisciplinary approach to research and education. The UC Davis 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.

Alice Accorsi
Alice Accorsi, PhD

Molecular and Cellular Biology
Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the development and regeneration of sensory organs

James B. Ames
James B. Ames, PhD

Structure and function of calcium sensor proteins

Rebecca Renee Bellone
Rebecca Renee Bellone, PhD

VET MED: Population Health & Reproduction
Molecular mechanisms underlying inherited ocular disorders in horses

James David Brandt
James David Brandt, MD

Clinical and basic science aspects of glaucoma

Kenneth H. Britten
Kenneth H. Britten, PhD (Emeritus)

Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior
Higher-order motion processing in extrastriate cortex

Nadean L. Brown
Nadean L. Brown, PhD

Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
Molecular mechanisms regulating development of mammalian lens and retina

Marie E. Burns
Marie E. Burns, PhD

Photoreceptor physiology and degeneration

Gino A. Cortopassi
Gino A. Cortopassi, PhD

VET MED: Molecular Biosciences
Mitochondrial form and function in inherited optic neuropathies

William DeBello
William DeBello, PhD

Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior; Neurology
Molecular plasticity of owl optic tectum

Jochen Ditterich
Jochen Ditterich, PhD

Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior
Visual decision making

Melissa Barnett Erickson
Melissa Barnett Erickson, OD

Cornea and contact lenses including speciality contatct lenses

Paul G. FitzGerald
Paul G. FitzGerald, PhD

Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
Lens-specific intermediate filament proteins

Joy J. Geng
Joy J. Geng, PhD

Center for Mind and Brain
Integrated attentionIntegrated attention

Nandini G. Gandhi
Nandini G. Gandhi, MD

Pediatric and adult strabismus

Tom M. Glaser
Tom M. Glaser, MD, PhD

Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
Genetic basis of mammalian eye development and retinal cell fate specification

Mark Steven Goldman
Mark Steven Goldman, PhD

Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior
Computer and mathematical models for sensory, oculomotor, and short-term memory systems

John M. Henderson
John M. Henderson, PhD

Attention, eye movements, scene perception and reading

Henry Ho
Henry Ho, PhD

Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
The role of receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in visual system function and disease

Steve R Hollingsworth
Steve R Hollingsworth, DVM, DACVO (Emeritus)


Andrew T. Ishida
Andrew T. Ishida, PhD (Emeritus)

Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
Modulation of retinal ganglion cell excitability

John L. Keltner
John L. Keltner, MD (Emeritus)

MS and effects of vision; cancer related retinopathies, optic neuropathies, and other autoimmune retinopathies

Leah A. Krubitzer
Leah A. Krubitzer, PhD

Cortical organization and plasticity

Anna La Torre
Anna La Torre, PhD

Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal progenitor competence and differentiation

Jennifer Y. Li
Jennifer Y. Li, MD


Michelle C. Lim
Michele C. Lim, MD

Glaucoma and retinal imaging

Lily Koo Lin
Lily K. Lin, MD

Eyelid, tear duct/lacrimal system, and orbit disease treatments

Angelique Y. Louie
Angelique Y. Louie, PhD

Biomedical Engineering
Molecular and cellular imaging, MRI

Steven J. Luck
Steven J. Luck, PhD

Neural and cognitive mechanisms of attention and working memory

David J. Maggs
David J. Maggs, PhD

VET MED: Surgery & Radiology
Comparative ophthalmology, feline and equine herpesvirus

George R. Mangun
George R. Mangun, PhD

Psychology, Neurology
Visual attention and fMRI

Mark J. Mannis
Mark J. Mannis, MD

Human cornea and ocular pathogens

Nicholas Marsh-Armstrong
Nicholas Marsh-Armstrong, PhD

Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Neuron glia interactions

Bianca Da Costa Martins
Bianca Da Costa Martins, PhD

VET MED: Surgical & Radiological Sciences
Equine ophthalmology, and ocular surface reconstruction with an emphasis on the use of biological and synthetic grafts

Kimberley A. McAllister
Kimberly A. McAllister, PhD

Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior; Neurology
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of visual plasticity

Ala Moshiri
Ala Moshiri, MD, PhD

Vitreoretinal Surgery and Uveitis

Christopher Murphy
Christopher Murphy, DVM, PhD (Emeritus)

Surgical & Radiological Sciences
Corneal wound healing and repair, and comparative optics

Gary Novack
Gary Novack, PhD

Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences
Development of new therapeutics, patient adherence and performance, regulatory affairs

Lisa Oakes
Lisa Oakes, PhD

Origins and development of visual attention, perception, and memory in infancy

Randall O'Reilly
Randall O'Reilly, PhD

Biologically-based computational models of learning and attention

Susanna S Park
Susanna S. Park, MD, PhD

Pharmacological treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy

Edward N Pugh
Edward N. Pugh, Jr., PhD

Physiology and Membrane Biology
Retinal photoreceptors and color vision

Gregg Recanzone
Gregg H. Recanzone, PhD

Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior
Cortical mechanisms of visual, auditory, and somatosensory interactions

Paul Russell
Paul Russell, PhD (Emeritus)

Trabecular meshwork, glaucoma, and corneal wound repair

Karen Ryan
Karen Ryan, PhD

Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
Neuroendocrine regulation of feeding behavior, body weight and glucose control; Mechanisms linking psychological stress and metabolic disease

Naoki Saito
Naoki Saito, PhD

Feature extraction mechanisms in human vision

Ivan R Schwab
Ivan R. Schwab, MD (Emeritus)

Corneal epithelial autografting

Paul A. Sieving
Tony J Simon
Tony J. Simon, PhD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Cognitive impairments in genetic disorders

Alice Tarantal
Alice Tarantal, PhD

Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, Pediatrics
Nonhuman primate models, gene therapy, stem cell transplantation, in vivo imaging

Sara Thomasy
Sara Thomasy, DVM, PhD, DACVO

VET MED: Surgical & Radiological Sciences
Corneal wound healing, glaucoma, large animal models Of ocular disease, and ocular pharmacology and toxicology

James Trimmer
James Trimmer, PhD

Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior; Physiology and Membrane Biology
Molecular mechanisms responsible for conferring plasticity to intrinsic neuronal excitability

W Martin Usrey
W. Martin Usrey, PhD

Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior; Neurology
Functional organization of thalamo-cortical interactions

John S Werner
John S. Werner, PhD (Emeritus)

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, MD, PhD

Pathogenesis & Therapy of Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Other Retinal Diseases

Robert J. Zawadzki
Robert J. Zawadzki, PhD

Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Various types of retinal and ONH diseases

Min Zhao
Min Zhao, MD, PhD

Corneal wound healing

Jie Zheng
Jie Zheng, PhD

Physiology and Membrane Biology
TRPB and cGMP-gated channels