About

Val Morash is a postdoctoral research fellow, transitioning to a sponsored PI, at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. She has undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT, a Master's in Electrical Engineering from MIT, a Master's in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Val's research is split 50/50 on haptic perception and on issues related to visual impairment (e.g., etiologies, education, and accessibility). Her underlying interest is in how human cognition and knowledge is shaped by the senses.

Val grew up in Michigan, near Michigan State University, where both of her parents are professors, Dr. Merry (Criminology) and emeritus Dr. Ed Morash (Business).

She enjoys playing the violin, "gardening," and paddle boarding. She has a large collection of hand and power tools, as well as a laser cutter and 3D printer. Val is most passionate about traveling, and recent trips include Tanzania (2013), Vietnam (2014), Sweden/Denmark (2015), Lisbon/Prague (2015), and Croatia (2016).

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