NEI Training Grant

NIH support is available for the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Vision Research, in laboratories utilizing a wide array of approaches, including genetics of ocular disease, live cell imaging, physiology and behavior, computational modeling, functional neuroimaging, optics, biomedical engineering, and psychophysics. The primary goal of this training program is to provide Trainees a rigorous foundation in both the fundamental scientific basis and the clinical relevance of vision science, in order to broaden the perspective and skills of future vision scientists.

For Further Information, contact:
John S. Werner, Ph.D.
(916) 734-6817

NEI Training Grant

Vision research at UC Davis is supported in part by an NEI vision core grant that provides equipment and service modules that are too large or otherwise impractical for ownership or maintenance by individual laboratories. The Core Grant supports four common-use facilities for vision researchers:

  1. Structure-Function Module, (Directors: Paul FitzGerald and Andrew Ishida)
  2. Software Engineering, (Director: Marty Usrey)
  3. Instrumentation, (Director: John S. Werner)
  4. Molecular Construct and Packaging, (Director: Marie Burns)
  5. Small Animal Ocular Imaging, (Director: Ed Pugh)

The "eyePod" RISE funded retinal imaging facility

RISE EyePod: small animal ocular imaging facility

The "EyePod" is newly created facility for imaging the retina, cornea and other components of living eyes of small animals, built with funds provided by the UC Davis's Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) program, and located in the 4th floor of Tupper Hall. The EyePod comprises several distinct imaging capabilities, including Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), fundus camera (reflectance and fluorescence), Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy (SLO) with excitation throughout the visible and infrared spectrum. The current resolution of these techniques is in the range of several microns. In addition, Adaptive Optics technology has been added to the OCT imaging and is expected to be in operation with the SLO in Fall, 2013. AO-OCT and AO-SLO enable subcellular level imaging of live mouse retinas, providing the possibility of interrogating many cell types and structures and vasculature with optogenetic methods, fluorescent reporters and light-scattering. The EyePod has become a core module of the Vision Center.



CVS research is routinely published in peer-reviewed medical and research journals. In addition, CVS faculty also contribute to other scientific literature, including textbooks (The Visual Neurosciences, The New Visual Neurosciences and Evolution’s Witness), the scientific multimedia revolution, and how-to publications.


CVS labs develop unique software and approaches for data analysis. View shared resources from our faculty here:

Software and Tutorials



CVS faculty represent UC Davis at national and international scientific meetings, in scientific societies and service organizations. Here are the most common: