Research Environments

The Administrative Offices of the Graduate Program in Vision Science are located in the Paul S. Worrell Building of the School of Optometry. A graduate student study area is provided in the Holcomb Building, which is adjacent to the Worrell Building, and in which the Vision Science Graduate students are provided computer access and study space. The Worrell Building also houses facilities dedicated to vision research which include: an electronics shop, a machine shop, an histology laboratory, the laboratories of many of the faculty, the Sylvia D. Worrell Conference Center, and the offices of the Vision Science Research Center (VSRC). The VSRC is funded by the National Eye Institute and provides vision scientists on campus with additional support and expertise in computing, machining, electronics and molecular/cellular analysis modules.

The total space available for research in the Worrell Building is 19,000 square feet. There are excellent opportunities for graduate students to work with scientists in different departments. Participating faculty in the graduate program have appointments in Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, Optometry, Pharmacology, Vision Sciences, Psychology, and the Veterans Administration.

Additional facilities within a short walk from the Worrell Building include the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Biology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physics, and Physiology and Biophysics.

The VSRC sponsors the Visiting Scholars Program, a monthly seminar series which brings outstanding visions scientists from throughout the world to UAB. The Visiting Scholars Program is only one of many similar programs on the UAB campus which keep faculty and graduate students conversant with research developments around the world.


Comprehensive Neuroscience Center

Alabama Neuroscience Blueprint Core Center

Center for Clinical and Translational Science