Dingcai Cao, PhD, DirectorVisual Perception Laboratory

Dingcai Cao, PhD, Director
Associate Professor


Research Interest: Investigates the neural mechanisms that mediate visual perception and how visual function is affected by eye diseases or substance use.

Ongoing Research: Current investigations center on

    1. Rod-cone interactions in mesopic vision
    2. Acute alcohol effects on visual processing
    3. The development of psychophysical and electrophysiological tests for visual function loss in eye diseases.


Impact: Better understanding of the neural mechanisms mediating visual processing could lead to developing new technologies to improve disease management through early detection and monitoring of retinal eye diseases that lead to blindness, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, rod-cone dystrophies and retinitis pigmentosa.


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