Dingcai Cao

    Email Address: dcao98@uic.edu
    College: Medicine Department: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    Secondary Department: Psychology
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: 1905 W. Taylor Street, Room 149 Phone: 312-355-3662
    Webpage: http://vpl.uic.edu
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    We are interested in understanding human visual function, eye diseases and developing sensitive tools for eye disease detection. Our research projects are funded by grants from NIH and private foundations.

    We need undergraduate students who have maintained great academic performance, have meticulous nature, feel comfortable interacting with human subjects (including patients), and are willing to participate visual experiments and get involved in data management.

    Students with computer science, electrical engineering, psychology or biology will be desired.

    The research experience in our laboratory will be highly beneficial for those who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in visual neuroscience, professional careers in optometry or ophthalmology, engineering in color technologies etc. I have trained students who eventually attended graduate schools in neuroscience, electrical engineering, and statistics, medical schools, and optometry schools.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    1) Meticulous, committed students who want to learn about research in the field of visual neuroscience.
    2) Willing to commit to 8 to 10 hours per week of work.
    3) Some background or courses related to neuroscience, psychology, electrical engineering, computer programming, or statistics.
    4) GPA >= 3.5

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Principal responsibilities may include
    1) To provide routine or standardized laboratory or administrative duties and collecting routine data in support of visual neuroscience research projects under direct supervision.
    2) To participate in experiments for data collection as subjects
    3) To assist with recruiting and scheduling research subjects or patients.
    4) To assist with data management and data analysis.
    5) To assist with data management, data analyses, the preparation of reports or manuscripts.
    6) To provide general administrative support and assist lab members in preparing and conducting experiments.

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