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New researcher joins ophthalmology
MiYoung Kwon, Ph.D., joins the UAB Department of Ophthalmology as an assistant professor. Dr. Kwon’s research focuses on understanding how eye disorders impact the way visual information is processed in the brain and how the brain learns to see the world in degraded viewing conditions. Her ultimate goal is to identify the factors that limit visual performance and then use this understating to improve the functional vision of people with visual impairment.
“We are delighted that Dr. Kwon has joined our faculty. Her research on how the brain processes visual information in persons with various eye disorders is cutting edge and is critical for developing effective treatments and rehabilitation strategies for persons with vision impairment,” said Cynthia Owsley, Ph.D., M.S.P.H, professor and Nathan E. Miles Chair of Ophthalmology.
“I chose UAB because the department of ophthalmology has a world-renowned research team that specializes in low vision and various blinding eye diseases, which align with my research interests. Of course, I was also very impressed by friendly and supportive staff as well as great research infrastructures and collaborative research environment,” said Dr. Kwon.
“I think UAB is a supportive and collegial community that will allow me to thrive as a professional and as an individual,” she added.
Dr. Kwon obtained her Ph.D. in cognitive and biological psychology from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she was a postdoctoral research associated in the computational and functional vision lab at the University of Southern California. Most recently Dr. Kwon completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School.
She is currently a member of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).
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