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Vision Science Seminar


Vision Seminar


Talks are held on Mondays from 12:15pm - 1:30pm on the dates listed, in Barchi Library (140 John Morgan Building).

We encourage graduate students and postdocs to have lunch with a speaker or two during the year. Please contact Jessica Marcus ( to sign up.

Fall 2017

Monday, September 11:
Hemant Khanna
Departments of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of Massachusetts
Molecular Mechanisms and Treatment Strategies for Retinal Ciliopathies


Monday, September 25:
Andrew Huberman
Departments of Neurobiology and Ophthalmology, Stanford University
Linking Emotion, Perception and Behavioral Decision Making in the Visual System

Monday, October 16:
Michael Berry
Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University
Predictive Coding of Novel versus Familiar Stimuli in the Primary Visual Cortex

Monday. October 30:
Christine Curcio
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Histologically Validated Clinical Visualization of the Neurodegeneration and Gliosis of Age-related Macular Degeneration

Monday, November 13:
E.J. Chichilnisky
Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University
Functional Circuitry of the Primate Retina at Cellular Resolution

Monday, November 27:
James Elder
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Psychology University of York
Perceptual Organization of Shape


Monday, December 11:
Michael Higley
Department of Neurobiology, Yale University
Cortical Circuits Underlying Visual Perception




Monday, January 29:
Salil Lachke
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Delaware
Integrated Approach to Decipher Regulatory Networks in Eye Development and Disease

Monday, February 12:
Aparna Lakkaraju

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Live-cell Imaging Reveals Novel Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets for Macular Degenerations

Monday, February 26:
Wei Wei
Department of Neurobiology, University of Chicago
Flexible yet Robust: Dynamic Neural Mechanisms Underlying Direction Selectivity in the Mammalian Retina

Monday, March 12:
Christopher Rozell

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Efficient Coding Theories for Neural Systems under Biophysical Constraints

Monday, March 26:
Alex Wade

Department of Psychology, York University
Fly Vision and Its Application to Neurological Disease

Monday, April 9:
W. Rowland Taylor
Vision Science and Optometry, University of California - Berkeley
The Role of Inhibition in Regulating Temporal Tuning in the Retina


Thursday, April 19:
Bertrand Mollereau
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Expression of Fatty Acid Transport Protein in Retinal Pigment Cells Promotes Lipid Droplet Expansion and Photoreceptor Homeostasis

Monday, April 23:
Frank Durgin
Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience, Swarthmore College


Past Seminars:

2016 2017 Vision Seminar Schedule

2015 2016 Vision Seminar Schedule

2014 2015 Vision Seminar Schedule

2013 2014 Vision Seminar Schedule

2012 2013 Vision Seminar Schedule

2011 2012 Vision Seminar Schedule

2010 2011 Vision Seminar Schedule

2009 2010 Vision Seminar Schedule

2008 2009 Vision Seminar Schedule

2007 2008 Vision Seminar Schedule

For scheduling and other information please contact Diego Contreras (email or phone 215-573-8780)

The Vision Seminar is supported by the National Eye Institute through its Vision Training Grant to U. Penn.