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Research Lecture Series

Under this program recognized vision scientists are invited to the College to give presentations about their research. These presentations are followed by discussion sessions and informal receptions so the College community has an opportunity to become better acquainted with researchers and their projects in other laboratories.  The research lecture series is also a required activity for 2nd & 3rd year OD/MS students.


All are welcome to attend. One hour of Mass C.E. credit will be offered.  Please join us for a wine and cheese reception following each lecture.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend: or call Leah Boudreau at (617) 587-5664.

Visit Continuing Education for more information on the continuing education credit. 


Selected List of  Past Speakers:

  Marcus Bearse Jr. University of California, Berkeley CA
  Alexandra Benavente-Perez Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  Bruce Berkowitz Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detriot MI
  Alex Bowers Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA
  Mitchell Brigell Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
  Stacey S. Choi New England College of Optometry, Boston MA
  Francois Delori Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
  Nathan Doble New England College of Optometry, Boston MA
  Rutledge G. Ellis-Behnke Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston MA
  Rhea Eskew, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  Anne Fulton Children's Hospital, Boston
  Emiliano Ghenelli, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Ospedale Civile di Volta Mantovana, Italy
  Haiyan Gong, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA
  Dick Held MIT, Cambridge, MA
  Paul Kaufman University of Wisconsin
  Shalesh Kaushal Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worchester, MA
  Norbeto Lopez-Gil Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain
  Gang Luo Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA
  Rong Mao MIT, Cambridge, MA
  Susana Marcos Instituto de Optica, Spain
  Toshifumi Mihashi Topcon Corporation Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan
  Elly Nedivi Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
  Zhuo-Hua Pan Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detriot MI
  Frances Rucker City College of CUNY, New York
  Robert Sekuler Brandeis University
  Salvatore Stella UCLA, Los Angelos, CA
  Denise A. Valenti Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  Jeremy Wilmer Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  Jeremy Wolfe Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
  Russel Woods Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston MA
  Guenyoung Yoon University of Rochester, NY

Master of Science in Vision Science

The Master of Science in Vision Science is designed to provide experience in vision research methodology through the development and execution of an original research project, and completion and defense of a research thesis. The curriculum is based on a total of 36.25 credit hours of study Learn more...

Visiting Scholars Program

Recognized researchers who have interests in common with members of the College's research community are invited to come to the College for time periods ranging from one to three months. During their visit they are encouraged to collaborate with the College's researchers on projects or to develop collaborative projects which may continue after the site visit ends. This program is designed to broaden research activity, stimulate an active exchange of ideas, and nurture the development of new projects. Dr. Ian Flitcroft from the University of Dublin in Ireland and Dr. Richard Abadi from the University of Birmingham in England are the first researchers to visit under this program.

Summer Research Trainee Fellowships


The National Eye Institute sponsors summer traineeships for first students from around the country to study in Boston, MA.  This program, run by Dr. Jane Gwiazda, offers training in basic optometric research skills. Stipends will be paid for laboratory research through June, July and August. Summer 2013 applications are due February 22nd, 2013.

Students will be notified by March 8th, 2013

For more information or to request an application please contact:                                                                      
Leah Boudreau
Administrative Assistant for the Vision Science Department
Telephone: (617) 587-5664