Ipek Oruc

Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Degrees / Designations 

MSc, PhD

Email Address 
604-875-4111 ext 69398
Mailing Address 
2550 Willow Street Vancouver BC V5Z 3N9


Academic Appointment 
Assistant Professor
Body Locations and Systems 
Eyes and Vision
Other Areas of Research 
Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience
Recognition of complex visual forms

Dr. Oruc completed her PhD in New York University under the supervision of Dr Michael Landy and Dr Larry Maloney. During her time at NYU she studied psychophysics of mid-to-high level vision including texture and depth perception. Dr Oruc continued her training as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania with Dr. Benjamin Backus working on mechanisms of stereo vision. Following her move to Vancouver, Dr Oruc held three consecutive positions at the University of British Columbia as a postdoctoral researcher and a research associate in the laboratories of Dr Alan Kingstone and Dr Jason Barton, where she expanded her research repertoire with studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG). In 2011 she joined the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences as an assistant professor. Dr Oruc brings a unique skill set to the department combining her training in computer science (BSc, MSc) with visual psychophysics and neuroimaging. She has focused these skills on deciphering the brain mechanisms behind higher-level vision and bridging the gap between basic science and clinical applications.

Current Projects 

Neuroanatomical origins of face recognition in the human brain
Individual differences in visual ability for recognition of basic and complex forms across the normal population
Social competence and visual ability in individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Adaptation-induced benefits to the recognition of subtle changes in facial expression