Vision Science Leadership

The Vision Science Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program that includes faculty from multiple departments on campus.

The leadership consists of a Chair, a Head Graduate Advisor, a Faculty Advisor for GSI Affairs, a Faculty Advisor for Postdoctoral Affairs, and a Group Advisory Council. An Admissions committee is appointed by the Chair each academic year, with members serving for 3 years. Appointees to the committee are selected to represent the wide range of research interests in the Vision Science program.

The Vision Science Graduate Program is hosted by the School of Optometry and receives considerable financial and administrative support from the School. The School supports two positions in the Admissions and Student Affairs office: an Assistant Director of Students Affairs who is the administrative point of contact for VS graduate students, and an Assistant Director of Admissions who assists with annual recruitment.

Vision Science Chair

Rowland Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor of Optometry and Vision Science
(510) 643-8459

Head Graduate Advisor

Michael Silver, PhD
Professor of Vision Science, Optometry and Neuroscience
(510) 642-3130

Faculty Advisor: GSI Affairs

Austin Roorda, PhD
Professor of Optometry and Vision Science
(510) 642-2380

Faculty Advisor: Postdoc Affairs

Emily Cooper, PhD
Assistant Professor of Optometry and Vision Science
(510) 664-4060

Group Advisory Council

Susana Chung, OD, PhD
John Flanagan, OD, PhD, DSc(hon), FCOptom, FAAO
Dennis Levi, OD, PhD
Meng Lin, OD, PhD, FAAO
Bruno Olshausen, PhD
Austin Roorda, PhD
Michael Silver, PhD
Christine Wildsoet, OD, PhD, FAAO, FARVO