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In honor of our centennial anniversary, we are featuring members of our optometry community — past and present — each day of 2023!

See below for this week’s profiles.

This Week, We Are Celebrating…

October 2nd

Susana Chung, OD, PhD

Dr. Susana Chung is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at the Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry and Vision Science. Her research interests include cortical adaptation and plasticity in response to vision loss.

Research in her lab focuses on the understanding of how the visual system works in people with normal vision, as well as in people with uncorrectable subnormal vision (visual impairment). Uncorrectable sub-normal vision can occur as a result of an eye disease (e.g., age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of visual impairment in the US for people over the age of 65), or even in the absence of an eye disease (amblyopia, or “lazy eye”).

In her lab, Dr. Chung combines various non-invasive techniques to study vision of people with normal or impaired vision. These techniques include standard (e.g., signal detection theory) and more contemporary psychophysical methods (e.g., reversed-correlation method), retinal imaging using Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope combined with psychophysical tasks, and functional magnetic brain imaging (fMRI).

The ultimate goals of the lab’s research program are to understand the various limiting factors on visual performance in people with visual impairment, and to devise methods, devices or rehabilitative strategies to improve the functional vision of these people, thereby improving their quality of life.

October 3rd

Arthur J. Jampolsky, OD, MD, FACS

Dr. Arthur Jampolsky (born in Bismark, North Dakota) grew up in California and spent most of his life in the Bay Area. After graduating from Berkeley Optometry in 1940, he decided to further his education by attending medical school at Stanford University. Starting out as a full-scope ophthalmologist, he eventually specialized in strabismus surgery, a field in which he became internationally renowned.

Dr. Jampolsky has been recognized as one of the top-three strabismus surgeons in the world. Many of his patients seek his advice and treatment after having already undergone less successful strabismus surgery by others. He was often the specialist whom many optometrists and ophthalmologists turned to when they had exhausted their options or capabilities. These referrals involved some of the most complicated strabismus cases, including thyroid myopathy, Duan’s Syndrome, and repeat surgeries following the efforts of other surgeons.

Among his achievements, Dr. Jampolsky developed a technique for adjustable sutures in strabismus surgery, allowing for final adjustments of extraocular muscle lengths after surgery. His accomplishments did not end with strabismus surgery. Dr. Jampolsky was also extensively involved in vision research and instructing ophthalmology residents and fellows. He has worked with many optometrists from Berkeley Optometry, including Anthony Adams, Gunilla Hægerstrom-Portnoy, Merton Flom, Allan Freid, Ian Bailey, and David Grisham. He was especially interested in the effects of drugs and disease on the retina, conducting many research projects in this area. He also investigated and defined the characteristics of infantile esotropia by looking at motion detectors in the visual cortex.

October 4th

Terence Tyson, MS

Terence is a vision science student from San Francisco, CA. He completed his BS in psychology with an emphasis in mathematics at UC Davis in 2013. During his time at UC Davis, he was a research assistant at the Center for Mind and Brain, investigating visual selective attention using psychophysical methods. Afterwards, he worked as a project assistant at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute from 2013-2016, where he supported several research studies on visuomotor control and cortical visual processing of patients with visual impairment (e.g., AMD and Amblyopia). He then pursued an MS in human factors and ergonomics at San Jose State University from 2016-2018, while interning at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Shortly after completing his MS, he converted to a full-time research engineer and civil servant (federal employee) at NASA, a position that he currently still holds. At NASA, he works on a wide array of problems in human-systems integration, spanning various aerospace systems and operational concepts in both space and aeronautics (e.g., crewed missions to Mars, drone delivery operations). He enjoys working on problems related to visuomotor control and the limits of human vision. He would also like to pick up skills in computer vision and image processing applied to eye tracking, and to make eye-tracking improvements on devices, such as an iPad or VR headset, for robust field-deployable eye-tracking tests that measure distinct phenomena of sensorimotor control.

He would like to improve existing eye-tracking algorithms for robust detection and specificity of oculomotor and/or vestibular disorders. He also has a general interest in fundamental research in visuomotor control and visual information processing. He would like to start his own lab in computational vision at NASA and perhaps foster a strong collaboration between Berkeley’s School of Optometry and NASA’s human factors community. His hobbies include music (playing the guitar and piano), playing go (board game), hiking, badminton, cooking, and reading (fiction, philosophy, psychology, history).

October 5th

Siu G. Wong, OD, MPH

As an educator and leader in public health optometry, Dr. Siu Wong has demonstrated an exceptional record of public health service. She was a trailblazer for optometry in the U.S. Public Health Service – Indian Health Service (IHS) where she served for nearly 30 years. She is Berkeley Optometry graduate from the class of 1970, and is a member of the AOA Hall of Fame. Beginning as one of the first optometrists selected for the USPHS – Indian Health Service, she went on to be the first chief optometrist of an administrative region and the first woman to hold the position of chief optometric consultant to the IHS. She concluded her career as chief operating officer for the New Mexico Tribal Health Care Alliance. She also served on a plethora of committees, task forces and advisory councils with the goal of expanding the position of optometry within a multidisciplinary setting.

October 6th

Jiayun (Peter) Wang, PhD

Peter is a 2023 graduate of vision science program, originally from Xi’an, China, home to the Terracotta Army. Prior to Berkeley, he spent wonderful years at Xi’an Jiaotong University where he worked with Prof. Jinjun Wang on computer vision/ surveillance video and completed his B.E. in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. He was also fortunate to have industrial research experience in 3D vision at CUHK-SenseTime joint lab.

He is interested in exploring the connection between computer vision and human vision. He believes the interdisciplinary environment in the Vision Science Program provides the finest training in developing vision scientists with valuable insights from diversified backgrounds and perspectives. He is enthusiastic about researching data-driven computational methods for understanding, modeling, and recreating the visual world around us. Whether in academia or industry, his dream is to work in a highly-motivated research group aiming at cutting-edge computational vision problems. He plays badminton, goes to the gym and swims weekly. He also enjoys hiking, traveling, rock climbing and tennis.

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