Interdisciplinary research and training in vision have a long and distinguished history at Vanderbilt University. Faculty from the College of Arts & Science, School of Medicine, Peabody College, and School of Engineering have collaborated over the years to provide an exceptionally rich environment for vision research and training. The focus of our efforts is to understand the mechanisms of vision and visual diseases through physiological, anatomical and imaging investigations. A central mission of the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center is to provide pre- and postdoctoral training to support the next generation of vision scientists. This mission is funded in part by training grants from the National Eye Institute.
A summary of the training program follows:
- All pre-doctoral trainees work towards a Ph.D. through a specific department or program (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Cell Biology or Electrical Engineering), whose guidelines for students and their courses are established independently.
- Trainees in vision science attend vision research seminars across campuses and have an opportunity to present their own work and learn about that of other vision trainees through the Vision Training Seminar Series.
- All trainees enroll in our semester-long course “The Visual System”, which provides in-depth coverage of visual neuroanatomy, physiology, psychophysics, machine vision and neural modeling. This course is team-taught by Vision Training Program faculty.
- Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees have access to all VVRC-sponsored resources, including technical support for computing and mechanical fabrication needs, for illustration and photography, and for assistance in animal care and surgery.