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Jacob Yates

Jacob Yates.

Assistant Professor of Optometry & Vision Science

Optometry & Vision Science

381 Minor Hall
Berkeley CA, 94720


Jacob did his doctoral research in neuroscience at the University of Texas, Austin (with Alex Huk and Jonathan Pillow) and his postdoctoral work at the University of Rochester (with Jude Mitchell, Greg DeAngelis, and Michele Rucci) and the University of Maryland (with Dan Butts).

His research focuses on how populations of neurons in cortex encode the visual world. His lab uses statistical and machine learning models to understand neural activity and human perception. He is particularly focused on how information generated by eye movements is utilized by cortical circuits.

Jacob is excited to be back in the Bay Area, having grown up in San Francisco and completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. He’s an avid cyclist, hiker, traveler, eater, and is looking forward to being a part of the optometry community at UC Berkeley.