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Vision is one of our most valuable senses. At UC Berkeley’s Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science, world-renowned faculty are exploring a rich array of research questions relating to how we see and why vision fails. The answers have the potential to change lives. Please use the buttons below to explore research degree programs and opportunities at Berkeley Optometry & Vision Science.

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Vision Science Program

Investigators in Vision Science conduct human and animal research and modeling, yielding cutting-edge discoveries and applications in disciplines that include molecular genetics, clinical care, adaptive optics, neurobiology, cell biology, infectious disease, bioengineering, perception, and public health.

PhD Program Application Process

Clinical Research Center

Our goals are to explore new models and strategies for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of ocular anomalies by conducting patient-based clinical studies/trials, as well as translational research. We also provide training for young professionals who are interested in, or want to pursue careers in, clinical research. We welcome undergraduates, optometry students, and post-doctoral fellows to become involved with our research team. The availability of these positions is dependent on our active projects.

Clinical Research Center

Research Opportunities for OD Students

We offer current OD students a summer research training program funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), as well as an option to graduate with honors for students who choose to submit a research dissertation or a scholarly case report.

NEI Summer Research OD Honors Research

Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) pairs faculty who need research assistance with undergraduates eager to engage in advanced research. New research projects are listed each term. Academic credit is available.


The Vision Science Summer Undergraduate Research (ViSUR) Program is an 8-week in-person program that allows undergraduate students to work in a lab with a faculty advisor on a research project. Each student will receive a stipend of $5,000. Click the button below to learn more.

ViSUR Program