Vision Science Leadership

As an interdisciplinary group, the Vision Science Group (VSG) has the distinction of adding as its members’ faculty from multiple departments on campus.

The VSG leadership is comprised of a Chair also known as the Head Graduate Advisor, a Graduate Affairs Officer, and six or more Program Advisors – collectively the Group Advisory Council. Standing committees in the area of Admissions, Curriculum development and admissions are appointed by the Chair each academic year. Appointees represent a wide range of research interests. As necessary, ad hoc committees may be appointed by the Chair for special tasks and program development.

While the VSG is hosted and partially supported by the School of Optometry, the Dean of Optometry does not have authority over the VSG beyond that afforded by his/her role as a Faculty Member or Committee Member. In support of the symbiotic relationship between the VSG and the School of Optometry, the Chair of the Vision Science Program holds a place on the Administrative Committee of the School of Optometry.

Vision Science Chair

Karsten Gronert, M.S., Ph.D.
Professor of Optometry and Vision Science

kgronert@berkeley.edu
(510) 642-1076

Head Graduate Advisor

Michael Silver, PhD
Associate Professor of Vision Science, Optometry and Neuroscience

masilver@berkeley.edu
(510) 642-3130

Faculty Advisor: GSI Affairs

Austin Roorda, PhD
Professor of Optometry and Vision Science

aroorda@berkeley.edu
(510) 642-2380

Faculty Advisor: Postdoc Affairs

Teresa Puthussery OD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Optometry and Vision Science

tpu@berkeley.edu
(510) 643-9517

Group Advisory Council

Susana Chung, OD, PhD
John Flanagan, OD, PhD, DSc(hon), FCOptom, FAAO
Gunilla Haegerstrom-Portnoy, OD, PhD, FAAO
Stanley Klein, PhD
Dennis Levi, OD, PhD
Bruno Olshausen, PhD
Clayton Radke, PhD
Austin Roorda, PhD
Michael Silver, PhD