About Lance Optican
Dr. Optican received a B.Sc. degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1972, and a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1978. His thesis work with Professor David A. Robinson was on the adaptive control of saccadic eye movements by the cerebellum. He then did a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health with Dr. F. A. Miles, during which he studied visual influences on adaptive control of saccades. In 1979 Dr. Optican joined the National Eye Institute, and in 1985 he became chief of the Section on Neural Modeling in the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research. His laboratory focuses on experimental and theoretical studies of sensory and motor aspects of normal, adaptive and impaired rapid eye and head movements.