Arijit Chakraborty, Ph.D., MPhil

Assistant Professor
Downers Grove, IL

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Dr. Ari Chakraborty is an internationally trained Vision Scientist having an experience of working in Canada, New Zealand, and India. Currently, Chakraborty is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Chicago College of Optometry, where he is responsible to develop and teach vision science courses and the capstone program.

Besides teaching Chakraborty is actively involved in research pertaining to understand the neurophysiological basis of higher visual processing deficits and its treatment in children and adults. Chakraborty directs the Translational Vision Science Lab (TVSLab) and is the Research Chair at the Chicago College of Optometry.

Dr. Ari Chakraborty is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada. 

Title
Assistant Professor

Campus
Downers Grove, IL

College
Chicago College of Optometry

Department
Chicago College of Optometry

Program
Optometry

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Education

The University of Auckland | 2016 | Ph.D.
Birla Institute of Technology and Science
Pilani | 2010 | MPhil

Courses Taught

Dr. Chakraborty is the course director of the following courses:

  • 2020-2021
    Basic binocular vision – OPTOD 1620
    Capstone Project – OPTOD 1680
    Clinical case Analysis I-Evidence Based Medicine - OPTOD 1790
     
  • 2019-2020
    Basic binocular vision – OPTOD 1620
    Capstone Project – OPTOD 1680
    Monocular sensory processing – OPTOD 1522
    Capstone: dissemination of results – OPTOD 1779
     
  • 2018-2019
    Visual anatomy and neurophysiology – OPTOD 1550
    Monocular sensory processing – OPTOD 1522
    Ocular Motility – OPTOD 1621

    Students, please email me for an appointment or use my WebEx link to meet me during my office hours:
    https://midwestern.webex.com/meet/achakr

Research

Principal Investigator at the Translational Vision Science Lab (TVSLab)
Web: https://www.tvslab.org

Dr. Ari Chakraborty's current research, within the TVSLab, focuses on using sensory systems such as vision as a model to explore overall neurodevelopment. He is primarily interested in understanding how visual cortex and visual processing develop in at-risk children.

Within TVSL, Chakraborty uses a variety of psychophysical techniques to understand higher visual processing, such as multiple object tracking, motion perception, and form perception, in both adults and children. He also uses perceptual learning and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulations to explore potential treatment modalities to treat cortical visual processing deficits in adults. Over the last 5 years, Chakraborty developed strong collaborations with national and international experts of vision science, ophthalmology, neuroscience, and, psychology. Chakraborty's collaborators are affiliated to well-respected institutions including, the University of Waterloo, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, University of British Columbia, The Retina Foundation of the South West in Dallas, University of Auckland, Dr. Shroff Charity Eye Hospital in India, and Sankara Nethraya in India.

During Chakraborty's doctoral studies, he had worked within 2 high impact multidisciplinary longitudinal studies (NIH funded) investigating the effect of prenatal drug exposure and neonatal hypoglycemia on subsequent neural development. His Ph.D. was integrated between those two studies, and specifically investigated the effect of such perinatal risk factors on extrastriate motion perception. Outcomes of his research not only addressed important questions of visual information processing following such perinatal risks but also highlighted the association between higher visual processing and other domains of neural function such as cognition and motor development. Chakraborty's postdoctoral work further investigated cortical motion processing in conditions where there was a complete absence of binocular vision (e.g., monocular enucleation) or abnormal binocular interaction (e.g., amblyopia).

Together with Chakraborty's prolific collaboration across the globe and the ability to successfully work within large multidisciplinary groups, his research aims to address questions within visual neuroscience which would be relevant both to basic science and clinical practice.

Publications

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  • Alnawmasi M, Chakraborty A, Dalton K, Quaid P, Dunkley B, Thompson B (2019). The effect of mild traumatic brain injury on the visual processing of global form and motion. Brain injury33(10), 1354-1363.
  • Labishetty V, Chakraborty A, Bobier W. R. (2018). How good are progressive myopic children at processing blur information compared to the non-myopic children? Vision Research, 154, 142-153
  • Thompson B, McKinlay J.D.C, Chakraborty A, Anstice S.N, Robert J. J, Paudel N, Yu T-Y, Wouldes A. W, Harding E. J, for the CHYLD Study Team. (2017). Global motion perception is associated with motor function in 2-year-old children. Neuroscience Letters, 658, 177-18.
  • Gao T. Y., Guo C. X., Babu R. J. Black J. M., Bobier W. R., Chakraborty A, …Thompson B. (2017). Results of the binocular treatment of amblyopia using videogames (BRAVO) study: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Ophthalmology. DOI 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.6090.
  • Goodman L, Chakraborty A, Paudel N, Yu T-Y, Jacobs J. R, Harding E. J, Thompson, B, Anstice S, N. (2017). Vision screening at two years of age does not reduce the prevalence of impaired habitual visual acuity at 4.5 years of age. Clin Exp Optom. DOI: 10.1111/cxo.12645.
  • Chakraborty, A., Anstice, N.S., Jacobs, R.J., Paudel, N., LaGasse, L.L., Lester, B.M., McKinlay, C.J., Harding, J.E., Wouldes, T.A. and Thompson, B. (2017). Global motion perception is related to motor function in 4.5-year-old children born at risk of abnormal development. Vision Research135, 16-25.
  • McKinlay J.D.C, Alsweiler M.J, Anstice S.N, Burakevych N, Chakraborty A, Chase J.G, Gamble D. G. G, Deborah L. H, Robert J. J, Jiang Y, Paudel N, San Diego J. R, Thompson B, Wouldes A. W, Harding E. J, for the CHYLD Study Team. (2017). Neonatal Glycemia and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at 4.5 Years. JAMA Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1579
  • Paudel N, Chakraborty A, Anstice N. S, Jacobs R. J, Harding J. E, Thompson B. (2017). Neonatal Hypoglycemia and Vision Development – a review. Neonatology, 112, 47-52
  • Chakraborty, A., Anstice, N. S., Jacobs, R. J., Lagasse, L. L., Lester, B. M., Wouldes, T. A., & Thompson, B. (2015). Prenatal exposure to recreational drugs affects global motion perception in preschool children. Scientific Reports, 5, 16921
  • Chakraborty, A., Anstice, N. S., Jacobs, R. J., Paudel, N., LaGasse, L. L., Lester, B. M., ... & Thompson, B. (2015). Global motion perception is independent from contrast sensitivity for coherent motion direction discrimination and visual acuity in 4.5-year-old children. Vision Research115, 83-91.

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Paper presentations

  • Hall K, Curtis M, Thompson B, Chakraborty A (2020). Perceptual learning can enhance attentive tracking in patients with macular degeneration. American Academy of Optometry, Nashville, USA
  • Hall K, Curtis M, Thompson B, Chakraborty A (2020). Perceptual learning can enhance attentive tracking in patients with macular degeneration. American Academy of Optometry, Nashville, USAChakraborty A, Curtis M, Hall K, Abunada J, Upadhyaya S, Chow A, Silva A, Thompson B (2020). Perceptual learning for peripheral attentive motion tracking transfers to the untrained hemifield and related tasks. Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Baltimore, USA
  • Chakraborty A, Tran T. T, Giaschi D, Thompson B (2018). Continuous theta burst TMS of area MT impairs attentive motion tracking. Canadian Association of Neurosciences annual meeting, Vancouver, Canada
  • Chakraborty A, Dunkley B. T, Gallie B. L, McCulloch D. L, Thompson B (2017). Naso-temporal asymmetry for global motion perception in uniocular children. Child Vision Research Society. Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Chakraborty A, Anstice N, Jacobs R. J, Harding J. E, Wouldes T. A, Thompson B (2015). Global Motion Perception is Independent of Contrast Sensitivity and Visual Acuity in 4.5yearold Children. Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Denver, USA
  • Chakraborty A, Anstice N, Jacobs R. J, Thompson B, Wouldes T, (2014). The effect of prenatal exposure to recreational drugs on global motion perception at 4.5years of age. Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Orlando, USA
  • Chakraborty A, Anstice N, Jacobs R. J, Harding J. E, Paynter J, Wouldes T, Thompson B (2013). The relationship between visual function and scores on the Beery Visual-Motor Integration test in 4.5-year-old children with developmental risk factors. Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Seattle, USA.
  • Chakraborty A, Rizwana H. J, Vijayalakshmi A, Krishna Kumar R (2010). Development of Pseudomyopia Symptom Survey Questionnaire, ESO International Vision science and Optometry Conference (EIVOC), Chennai: India

 

Poster presentations

  • Curtis M, Hall K, Thompson B, Chakraborty A (2020). Lower level motion processing predicts attentive motion tracking in peripheral vision. American Academy of Optometry, Nashville, USA
  • Chakraborty A, Abunada J, Curtis M, Hall K, Chow A, Silva A, Thompson B (2020). Lower level motion processing predicts attentive motion tracking in peripheral vision. Vision Science Society, St. Pete Beach, USA (withdrawn)
  • Curtis M, Chakraborty A, Hall K, Abunada J, Upadhyaya S, Chow A, Silva A, Thompson B (2020). Perceptual learning for peripheral attentive motion tracking transfers to the untrained hemifield and related tasks. Society for Neuroscience (Chicago Chapter).
  • Chakraborty A, Javadian F, Wilcox L. M, Giaschi D (2019). Evidence from amblyopia for shared processing of motion perception and stereopsis. Vision Science Society, St. Pete Beach, USA
  • Alnawmasi M, Chakraborty A, Dalton K, Quaid P, Dunkley B, Thompson B (2018). Mild traumatic brain injury disrupts global processing of form and motion. American Academy of Optometry, San Antonio, USA
  • Chakraborty A, Dunkley B. T, Vandewouw M, Gallie B. L, McCulloch D. L, Taylor J. M, Thompson B (2018). Altered subcortical and cortical white matter structure in children with early unilateral enucleation. Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Honolulu, USA
  • Tran T. T, Chakraborty A, Giaschi D, Thompson B (2018). Continuous theta burst TMS of area MT impairs attentive motion tracking. Vision Science Society, St. Pete Beach, USA
  • Tran T. T, Thompson B, Chakraborty A (2017). Role of middle temporal cortex in attentive motion tracking: a TMS study. Canadian Optometry Schools Research Conference, Waterloo, Canada
  • Chakraborty A, Hua K, Chan L, Giaschi D, Thompson B (2017). Multiple object tracking in peripheral vision. Vision Science Society, St. Pete Beach, USA
  • Dalton K, Ravensbergen R, Roberts J, Chakraborty A, Leat S, Thompson B, Mann D (2017). Global Motion Perception with Low Vision. Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Baltimore, USA.
  • McKinlay C, Alsweiler J, Anstice A, PhD, Burakevych N, Chakraborty A, et al. (2016). Neonatal Hypoglycemia is Associated with Executive Function and Visual–motor Problems but not Neurosensory Impairment at 4.5 years. Pediatric Academic Societies. Baltimore, USA
  • Paudel Nabin, Anstice N, Jacobs R, Chakraborty A, Tzu-Ying Y, Benjamin T (2014). Do age appropriate clinical vision tests at 2 years predict visual outcome at 4.5 years? American Academy of Optometry, Denver, USA.
  • Paudel N, Chakraborty A, Rebecca S, Jacobs R. J, Thompson B, Anstice N (2013). Differential effects of optical defocus on the Cardiff, Lea and ETDRS acuity chart in adult observers. Asia ARVO 2013, New Delhi: India
  • Hani N. D, Chakraborty A, Kaur S. (2012). Cognitive Demand and Near Induced Transient Myopia (NITM), Malaysian Annual Optometry Seminar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Organizations

  • 2012 – Present: Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology
  • 2016 – Present: Vision Science Society

Grants

  • 2019-2020: MWU intramural grant [Award value: $9110]
  • 2018-2019: MWU intramural grants [Award value: $7563] 
  • 2018: Brain Canada-Kids Brain Health Network Training Awards in Developmental Neuroscience. [Award value: C$110,000]. 
  • 2014: Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust (MPPT) travel grant to attend Associations of Research for Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Orlando, USA. [Award value: $2,000].
  • 2014: Postgraduate Student Association travel grant to attend Associations of Research for Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Orlando, USA. [Award value: $500].
  • 2013: ARVO Foundation / Santen Inc. travel grant to attend the Associations of Research for Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Seattle, USA. [Award value: $1100].
  • 2012: The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship-2012 [Award value: $100,000].

Awards

  • 2018: Brain Canada-Kids Brain Health Network Training Awards in Developmental Neuroscience: This award is jointly instituted by Brain Canada Foundation and Health Canada and is given to the top 5 applications, across Canada.
  • 2015: Center for Brain research (Brainwaves) best publication of the year
  • 2012: The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship-2012
  • 2013: ARVO Foundation / Santen Inc. travel grant
  • 2014: Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust (MPPT) travel grant
  • 2014: The University of Auckland Postgraduate Student Association travel grant 

 

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