Bin Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., earned his M.D. degree from the School of Medicine, Nanjing University in 1995. He then practiced as an ophthalmologist, specialized in cataract surgery, in Jinling General Hospital, China. In 2003, Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Physiological Optics and Vision Science from College of Optometry, University of Houston. He dedicated the following six years to the scientific researches funded by National Eye Institute. Dr. Zhang is currently a full time faculty member at College of Optometry, Nova Southeastern University and holds the rank of Professor. At NSU College of Optometry, Dr. Zhang teaches Psychophysical methods in Visual Testing, Ocular Anatomy, Ocular Physiology to the professional students and Experiment Design & Methods to the graduate students.
Dr. Zhang’s research interest is centered on the normal and abnormal development of visual system. On one hand, he studies how the response properties of neurons in the visual cortex develop under the guidance of normal visual experience in early life. On the other hand, he investigates how abnormal visual experience, such as short sight (myopia), unequal refractive errors of the two eyes (anisometropia), and misalignment of the two eyes (strabismus), disrupts the smooth developing process of these properties and finally leads to lazy eye (amblyopia). The techniques applied in his research mainly include psychophysical testing, extracellular single unit recording, local field potential recording, and multifocal Visual Evoked Potentials. His researches have been published in high-impact journals such as Nature Neuroscience, Cell, Proceedings of National Academy of Science USA, Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science. Here is the link to part of his publications.