Program Summary

At VSA, members and staff work together in a wide range of ways. If you would like to share your own practice, we would love to hear from you. Contact us at info@visionscienceacademy.org 

Advisory Board

Amod Shriram Gogate

Senior Advisor

Optometry is a clinical profession that requires sheer dedication and hard work in order to craft a successful professional career. One of the best examples that embodies this spirit is Optom. Amod Shriram Gogate.

Ken Brandt

Senior Advisor

Ken is the author of Positive Vision: Enjoying the Adventures and Advantages of Poor Eyesight. He has led a fun and adventurous life and had a successful business career despite (or perhaps in part because of!) his poor eyesight.

Dr. Cathy Stern

Senior Advisor

Dr. Cathy Stern, OD, FCOVD, FCSO, FNORA is a behavioral, developmental and neuro optometrist near Boston in the USA. Her practice is devoted solely to vision therapy, myopia control and vision rehabilitation for both brain injury and special needs patients.

Vishakh Nair

Senior Advisor

The profession of Optometry in India has seen exceptional contribution from some of the greatest minds of the field. One such personality is the Optometrist Vishakh Niar whose professional career is replete with his illustrious services as a versatile health specialist working at university hospitals and research centers across the world.

Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra

Senior Advisor

Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra is one of the finest optometrists who have significantly contributed to the profession of optometry in Nepal. Mr. Sanjeeb has gathered a number of academic accolades to his name. He is a proactive member of the Nepalese Association of Optometrist (NAO) since 2004 while he also served as the President of NAO from 2014-18.

Prem Kumar Singh

Senior Advisor

Prem Kumar Singh is an expert orthoptist and binocular vision therapist who has been working as a faculty member at Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi, India since 1999. He is currently serving as the Head of Department of Optometry Sciences in the same institution. 

Dr. Sarika Gopalakrishnan

Senior Advisor

Dr. Sarika Gopalakrishnan, an esteemed optometrist with a PhD from Elite School of Optometry, India, has joined the VSA Team as Senior Advisor. Renowned for her pioneering work in low vision rehabilitation, she has held key roles at Sankara Nethralaya hospital, India.

Prof. Veshal Madan

Senior Advisor

Professor Veshal Madan is currently serving as the Director of a renowned Optometry Institute located in Pune, India. He holds a PhD in Optometry and Visual Sciences, with a specific expertise in Ocular Diagnostics and the posterior segment of the eye.

Team Members

Dr. Abhishek Mandal

Founder & Senior Adviser

Dr. Abhishek Mandal is a Doctorate in Visual Neuroscience from Glasgow Caledonian University. Abhishek has obtained three post-graduate degrees in Vision Science and is a recipient of Gold Medal in Vision Science studies. 

Dr. Rakesh Kotapati Raghupathy

Rakesh Kotapati Raghupathy is Molecular Biologist by training. He got his Doctorate in Vision Sciences from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2015 and post doctorate at Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London (UCL).

Saptarshi Mukherjee

Director of Advanced Studies, India 

Saptarshi completed his Bachelor in Optometry (B.Optom) from University of Technology, West Bengal. After completing B.Optom he enrolled for the fellowship program at Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH), New Delhi where he received the best fellow award.

Madeline Harvey-Brown

Head of Optometry, Scotland  

Madeline Harvey-Brown graduated with 1st class honours in Optometry from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2009 and subsequently gained registration with the College of Optometrists in 2010. Madeline is an experienced optometrist and has an active academic and teaching portfolio.

Sepideh Heydar Zadeh

 Training Manager, USA 

Sepideh is a clinical research coordinator staff member at Stein Eye Institute, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Her main research interest is focused on advanced glaucoma imaging.


Dr. Deepmala Mazumdar

Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Vision Science and The VSA Blog 

Dr. Deepmala Mazumdar completed her doctoral research from Dept. of Neuroscience, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She has completed her bachelor’s in optometry degree from West Bengal University of Technology (2007-2011).She subsequently joined Elite School of Optometry, Chennai where she completed her post-graduation studies in optometry (M.Phil. Optometry; 2011-2013).

Dr. Timos K. Naskas

Joint Editor & Senior Program Manager, Greece 

Timos graduated with a BSc in Optics and Optometry from the Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece (Now University of Patras). After that, he attended the MSc in Clinical Ophthalmology and Vision Research in Glasgow Caledonian University.

Dr. Mukesh Kumar Jha

 Head of Optometry, Nepal 

Dr. Mukesh completed Bachelor in Optometry and Vision Science from University of Technology in 2009. Dr. Mukesh worked as an Optometrist for one year in Janaki Medical College in Nepal. He then moved on to pursuing Doctor in Optometry (OD) from Southwestern University in Philippines.

Somayeh Heidarzadeh 

Senior Training Manager, Turkey


Somayeh obtained a Master in Optometry degree in 2010 from Bharti Vidyapeeth University. She has been involved in ophthalmic clinical research since 2011. She worked a full-time optometrist at Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran, Iran from 2013 to 2017. 

Priyanka Ray 

Educational Engagement Manager


Priyanka completed her Masters in English Literature along with a Bachelor of Education from University of Calcutta. She qualified the National Eligibility Test for Assistant Professor (NET) and was awarded Junior Research Fellowship by University Grants Commission, India.


Sucheta Mitra

Education Engagement Manager


Sucheta Mitra is an accomplished Optometrist, and Educationist currently based in the United Kingdom. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Optometry and Vision Science from NSHM College of Management and Technology in Durgapur,

Joanna Arcadiou

Training Manager, Cyprus


Joanna Arcadiou is a BSc (Hons) Orthoptics graduate from the University of Liverpool in 2019. 

Following clinical placements and graduation, she was hired as an Orthoptist at a multi-disciplinary private practice in Cyprus. Over the last few years, she also taught medical students about visual development and ocular motility disorders. 

Ukti Vora 

Senior Program Manager, USA


Ukti Vora is an Indian optometrist, currently based in the USA. She is the Director of Clinical Affairs for an ocular telehealth company and is actively involved in implementing and developing telehealth services for eye care professionals for more than 2 years.


Sourav Basu

Senior Program Manager, East Africa


Sourav Basu is a Post-graduate in Public Health from University of Liverpool, U.K. and Bachelor in Optometry and Vision Science from University of Technology, Kolkata. Sourav is currently the Managing Director of Bose Optical in Kisumu, Kenya.

Maanasi Mahalingam

Editorial Support Assistant


Ms. Maanasi Mahalingam is an Optometrist from India. She completed her Bachelor’s in Optometry (2015-2019) and Master’s in Optometry (2019-2021) at Elite School of Optometry. Currently, she is working as Clinical Optometrist and Optometry Faculty at Aravind Eye Care System, Chennai. She recently completed her prestigious Fellowship in American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) in 2020. Her areas of interest are posterior segment diseases and diagnostics, such as OCT and OCTA, low vision, and image analysis.