Graduate Center for Vision Research
Vision Science is the study of the structures and processes involved in the reception, neural processing, and perception of an image. It leverages numerous disciplines, including neuroscience, physics, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, behavioral sciences and applied mathematics and engineering.
The Graduate Center for Vision Research (GCVR) oversees and supports cutting-edge research, ranging from studies on the fundamental properties of the brain visual system to new ways to prevent, treat, or even reverse vision loss. The research initiatives, in the labs of our top-ranked faculty push the boundaries of basic, translational, and clinical vision science research.
At the backbone of our research is our graduate degree programs, an MS and PhD in Vision Science, which are also offered through the GCVR. This seamless integration of research and graduate programs allow us to provide students with a rigorous, intellectual platform of study within an interactive and collegial research community. Students receive individualized, expert mentorship, using cutting-edge tools to explore diverse areas of vision research.
Our flexible curriculum can be tailored to the research interests of individual students. Courses stress analysis and discussion of primary literature and provide training in key skills necessary for a research career in academia or industry. Students attend regular colloquia given by visiting scientists, participate in journal clubs, and are encouraged to take full advantage of our location in New York City, home to many universities and arguably the largest vision research community in the world.