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Ganglion Cells

Fluorescent ring of ganglion cells serving the foveal cones. These cells are expressing the calcium indicator GCaMP, which allows cell responses to be monitored optically (Merigan lab, University of Rochester)

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David Williams and Ethan Rossi

David Williams and former student Ethan Rossi in Williams' lab at the University of Rochester Medical Center (J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)

Michele Rucci

Michele Rucci in his Meliora Hall lab with equipment used in his research into computational mechanisms responsible for visual perception (J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)

University of Rochester campus

University of Rochester campus (J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)

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Krystel Huxlin and Berkeley Fahrenthold

Krystel Huxlin and post-doc Berkeley Fahrenthold with eye tracking equipment in Huxlin's lab at Flaum Eye Institute (J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)

Researchers in the Center for Visual Science (CVS) have been at the forefront in developing advanced scientific techniques, including:

  • Multi-electrode recordings in awake-behaving monkeys
  • Virtual reality tools for studying complex visuomotor behaviors
  • Advanced mathematical analysis of behavioral and neural data
  • Adaptive optics applications to basic and clinical vision research

CVS had been built on the conviction that progress in vision science requires the coordinated efforts of scientists with very different skills. Researchers in the center apply a number of approaches to their research.

Research Themes at CVS

Visual Perception, Cognition and Action

  • Briggs lab: Understanding vision and attention at the level of neural circuits
  • Haefner lab: Perceptual decision-making
  • Jacobs lab: Visual and multisensory learning and memory, perceptual psychophysics, computational modeling
  • Mitchell lab: Primate visual cortex, active vision, perception, and attention
  • Padmanabhan lab: Dissecting the neural circuits underlying sensory coding and psychiatric disease
  • Pasternak lab: Cortical circuitry underlying memory-guided visual decisions
  • Poletti lab: The interplay of vision, eye movements and attention
  • Raizada lab: Multivoxel pattern analysis of fMRI, language, semantics, structure of neural representations, computational modeling
  • Romanski lab: Functional organization of the primate frontal lobes
  • Rucci lab: Vision and action
  • Snyder lab: Micro- and macro-scale mechanisms of visual attention
  • Tadin lab: Mechanisms of visual perception

Visual Development, Learning and Plasticity

  • Foxe lab: Basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism
  • Huxlin lab: Improving vision after damage
  • Jacobs lab: Visual and multisensory learning and memory, perceptual psychophysics, computational modeling
  • Majewska lab: Imaging synaptic structure and function in the visual system
  • Padmanabhan lab: Dissecting the neural circuits underlying sensory coding and psychiatric disease
  • Tadin lab: Perceptual learning and cognitive training

Multisensory and Sensorimotor Integration

  • DeAngelis lab: Neural basis of 3D visual perception and multi-sensory cue integration
  • Jacobs lab: Visual and multisensory learning and memory, perceptual psychophysics, computational modeling
  • Lalor lab: Modeling the neurophysiological processing of natural stimuli in humans
  • Maddox lab: Auditory and multisensory processing
  • Romanski lab: Functional organization of the primate frontal lobes
  • Schieber lab: Neural control of hand and finger movements

Advanced Optical Technology

  • Fienup lab: Image processing, wavefront sensing
  • Hunter lab: Mechanisms of light-induced retinal damage, development of non-invasive fluorescence imaging techniques
  • Knox lab: Femtosecond laser technology for vision
  • Merigan lab: In vivo adaptive optics imaging of the retina
  • Rolland lab: Optical system design and instrumentation for imaging science and 3D visualization
  • Schallek lab: Imaging blood flow in the living eye
  • Williams lab: Limits of human vision
  • Zavislan lab: Optical system design for clinical diagnostics

Disorders of Vision

  • Buckley lab: Soft tissue biomechanics
  • Chung lab: Inherited retinal diseases and genetic factors contributing to age-related macular degeneration
  • DiLoreto lab: VEGF trap treatment for age related macular degeneration, age related eye disease, adaptive optics imaging of inherited macular diseases
  • Feldon lab: Orbital disease and neuro-ophthalmology
  • Foxe lab: Basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism
  • Hunter lab: Mechanisms of light-induced retinal damage, development of non-invasive fluorescence imaging techniques
  • Huxlin lab: Improving vision after damage
  • Kuriyan lab: Proliferative vitreoretinopathy and retinal imaging
  • Libby lab: Neurobiology of glaucoma
  • MacRae lab: Refractive surgery
  • Merigan lab: In vivo adaptive optics imaging of the retina
  • Schallek lab: Imaging blood flow in the living eye
  • Singh lab: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of retinal and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Tadin lab: Vision in special populations
  • Yoon lab: Supernormal vision