Vision Science at the University of California, Davis covers a broad range of scientific endeavors, from structural and molecular biology to human perception, and from cornea to cortex. Our training program is funded by a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32). Each year we select PhD students from the labs of our participating Faculty Mentors to receive training support.


Our mission is to prepare the next generation of vision scientists to enter the biomedical workforce by providing specialized, interdisciplinary training in the basic science of vision. 


The Vision Science Training Program is premised on the view that the next generation of vision scientists must have a firm grounding in the basic sciences of their research area, an understanding of the multidisciplinary approaches to vision science, and meaningful exposure to the clinical vision problems remaining to be solved. In this way, trainees will have the tools to integrate across several areas of vision science and a broad framework for addressing important scientific and health care issues. 

Established in 2003, our Program includes more than 20 faculty from 9 departments across 5 schools/colleges and 5 graduate programs. Together, we advance the health and science agendas of the NIH/NEI by broadening the research perspective and skills of the future biomedical and academic workforce. In the last 10 years, 40 of the 46 trainees (87%) continued in research or research-related careers.


"Antique eye illustration in opened notebook" by 221A, "Halftone pattern illustration of a young woman's eye" by GeorgePeters, iStock.