Cécile Vullings is the latest addition to Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute’s postdoctoral fellows. She has an extremely impressive academic curriculum vitae (https://www.ski.org/users/cecile-vullings), however, we thought we would also present the very endearing and charming side of her.
Born in France, she was raised alongside her older brother and a few dogs in Dunkirk by her parents, grandparents, and godfather. The fact that her grandmother gave her 10 French francs ($1.74) every time she brought back a good report card may have reinforced her drive for higher education. As any kid, one of her favorite games was to ask “Why? “, which might be eventually cumbersome for parents but great for a research career. She moved to Lille (France) in 2010 to go to college where she got passionate about behavior analysis and, later, research on eye movements thanks to her supervisor, Pr. Laurent Madelain. She got her BS, MS, and PhD in psychology from the University of Lille. Her PhD supervisor continues to have a huge professional influence on her to this day. After many encounters with Smith-Kettlewell’s research in conferences, she eventually came to San Francisco in 2018 as a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow with mentor Dr. Preeti Verghese. She works in Verghese’s Lab and is very interested in scotoma awareness and eye movement strategy with age-related macular degeneration individuals. She is married to husband, Pierre-Edouard, whom she first met at a Halloween party and Dunkirk’s carnival, in other words while they were systematically wearing a costume. They have three cats, a bit too afraid to fly, who are staying at her mother’s. Quite the opposite from the cats, Cécile and Pierre-Edouard love to travel across the world.