Congratulations to our Graduates

Wishing success in all their future endeavors.

Today is graduation! Congratulations to the brilliant minds of the Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science graduating class of 2024! As we celebrate their achievements and the culmination of years of hard work at today's graduation ceremony, we also acknowledge the collective dedication of faculty, staff, and supporters who have played integral roles in their success.

The graduating class has exhibited exceptional commitment to the study of optometry and vision science, embodying the values of excellence, compassion, and innovation. To the Class of 2024, we extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for continued success in all their future endeavors. May they continue to inspire and lead with integrity, making a positive impact in the fields of optometry and vision science and the communities they serve. Fiat lux, and go bears!

2024 PhD Graduates


Orneika Flandrin
Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) Ion Channels and Corneal Defense Against Bacterial Adhesion
Chair: Suzanne M.J. Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Victoria Cynthia Fong
Optogenetic Restoration of High-Sensitivity Vision Using ChRmine- and ChroME-based Channelrhodopsin Variants
Chair: John G. Flannery, PhD

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Iona McLean
Distortions in Wearable Optics: Comfort, Perception, and Adaptation
Chair: Emily Cooper, PhD

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Zhihang Ren
GAN-aided Serial Dependence Study in Medical Image Perception
Chair: Stella X. Yu, PhD

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Michele Christina Na Han-Na Winter
Investigating the Spatiotemporal and Chromatic Tuning Properties of Visual Area V4 Neurons
Chair: Jack L. Gallant, PhD

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Graduating in Summer 2024


Charlotte (Yiyi) Wang
Structure and Function in Normal and Diseased S-cone Photoreceptor Pathway
Chair: Austin J. Roorda, PhD & William Tuten, OD, PhD

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