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Vision Science Seminar


Vision Seminar


Talks are typically held on alternate Mondays from 12:00pm - 1:15 pm, in Barchi Library (140 John Morgan Building). Please see below for occasional exceptions.

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 2016

Monday, August 15:
Gerald Chader
(This talk will be held in Room 132 Hill Pavilion, 380 S. University Avenue.)
Bioelectronic Research Lab, University of Southern California

The Retinal Prosthesis: Renewed Sight Through Artificial Vision

Friday, September 2:
William Tsang
Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal
Regulation of Centrosome Homeostasis


Monday, September 12:
Michele Basso
University of California, Los Angeles
Impaired Decision-Making in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease


Monday, September 26:
Donald Miller
Indiana University
Imaging Structure and Function of RPE Cells


Monday, October 10:
Jonathan Winawer
New York University
Neuronal Synchrony and the Relation Between the BOLD Response and the Local Field Potential

Monday. October 24:
Dario Ringach
University of California, Los Angeles
Spatial Clustering of Tuning in Mouse Primary Visual Cortex

Thursday, November 10:
Michael Hoffmann
University of Magdeburg
Consequences of Optic Chiasm Malformations on the Organization of the Human Visual System


Monday, November 21:
Noga Vardi
Lab for Retinal Microcircuitry, University of Pennsylvania
The First Synaptic Complex in Vision: Function and Tricks

Monday, December 5:
Robert Lucas

University of Manchester
How Melanopsin Helps Us See




Spring 2017


Monday, January 23:
Stylianos Michalakis
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Gene therapies for Inherited Retinal Degenerations


Monday, February 6:
Andrew Watson

Apple Inc.
The Magical Number -6: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Classifying Visual Patterns


Monday, March 20:
Farran Briggs

Dartmouth College
Exploring Vision and Attention at the Level of Neuronal Circuits


Monday, April 17:
Stephanie Palmer

University of Chicago
Understanding Vision Through the Lens of Prediction


Monday, May 1:
Andrew Huberman

University of California, San Diego
From Fear to Courage: Neural Circuits That Attach Emotional State to Visual Perception


Past Seminars:

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.