Vision Science Graduate Student Conference 2023

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 8:15 am - 7:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

We are excited to announce that our annual Vision Science Graduate Student Conference will be held on Tuesday, April18th, this year!

The schedule will be posted here shortly.

Register for the conference here, and if you have any questions, please contact us at:

Our last research seminar of the series (The Larkworthy Lecture) is planned to wrap up the day's events and will be followed by a reception.

Larkworthy Lecture: Development of SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance to support public health action (PDF)

  • Speaker: Dr. Mark R. Servos
  • April 18, 2023 (Tuesday), 5:30 pm
  • Location: OPT 347

We strongly encourage faculty and staff to attend as much of this conference as your schedule will allow. You will be updated on research within the School and it is an opportunity to support our graduate students by attending the graduate awards presentation.

Note: All graduate students are expected to attend this two-day event.

Full schedule

8:15-8:25 Morning Session Introduction and Housekeeping (Dr. Kristine Dalton)
8:25 - 8:45 Shilpa Gorla The effect of zinc on the biomechanics of chicken lenses
8:45 - 9:10 Daniel Napierski Should it stay or should it go – a case of assessing for ethambutol toxicity in a 24-year old woman
9:10 - 9:30 Sharon Qiu The art of fitting a highly tilted corneal graft: a scleral lens success story
9:30 - 9:55 Piyush Garg Evaluating the effect of MMP-9 on a degradable gelatin polymer for fabricating ocular inserts
9:55 - 10:25 COFFEE BREAK - Outside of 347 / 301
10:30 - 10:55 Xiaojing Li Pediatric low vision rehabilitation for patients with oculocutaneous albinism
10:55 - 11:15 Victor Opoku-Yamoah Validation of the Waterloo Differential Acuity Test (WatDAT), and comparison with existing pediatric visual acuity tests
11:15 - 11:40 Oskar Shura Don’t be lazy! Management of deprivation amblyopia
11:40 - 12:00 Marisa McKinney Investigating vision screening referral rates in Waterloo Region
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:10  Afternoon Session Introduction and Housekeeping (Dr. Paul Murphy)
1:10 - 1:30 Xiaoxin Chen Enhancing perceptual learning on multiple object tracking in adults with amblyopia using tRNS
1:30 - 1:50 Keyu Chen Second generation Powell Lens-based line scan SD-OCT for cellular resolution of imaging of the animal and human cornea
1:50 - 2:10  Khushmeet Dhaliwal Combined OCT+ERG system for functional imaging of the human retina
2:10 - 2:30  Navid Shahsavari  Improving image tracking performance of the ThermOcular system
2:30 - 3:00 COFFEE BREAK - Outside of 347 / 301
3:00 - 3:20 Heather Hudecki Examining the underlying mechanisms of dynamic visual acuity
3:20 - 3:40 Allison Lynch At what point will vision degradation impact the safe operation of an aircraft?
3:40 - 4:00 Anne Marie Yeboah  Concussion and optometry
4:00 - 4:20 Adrianna Warren Outreach optometry in Indigenous communities in British Columbia and Saskatchewan
4:20 - 5:20 GRAD Student Awards + Grad Flix Highlight (Drs. Stan Woo, Paul Murphy, and Kristine Dalton)
5:30 - 6:30 Larkworthy lecture Dr. Mark Servos
6:30 - 7:30 RECEPTION - Outside of 347 / 301