• Feb 27 2020

    Wei Li, PhD
    Senior Investigator, Retinal Nerophysiology Section
    National Eye Institute

    Location:  Orin Smith Auditorium, SLU C

    Time: Thursday, February 27, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

    Title: Seeing in the cold - neurobiology of the ground squirrel retina

    The retinal neurophysiology section studies the structure and function of retinal synapses and circuits. Dr. Li’s group

    • exploit a combination of anatomical, physiological, and imaging approaches to study synaptic connectivity using in vitro slice and flat-mount preparations of the ground squirrel retina. This is an excellent model system to study cone vision, as the ground squirrel is one of the rare mammals whose retina is cone-dominated and resembles the fovea of human retina.
    • Studies synaptic alteration and adaptation in the ground squirrel retina during hibernation - another unique feature of the ground squirrel.
    • investigates bioenergetics of the retina with a focus on cone photoreceptor mitochondria structure, function and dynamics.

    To schedule an appointment please email Dr. Maureen Neitz or call her at 206.543.7998.


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Orin Smith Auditorium

The Bergy Lectures in Vision Science bring renowned basic scientists to lecture at the UW Medicine Eye Institute, and share research advances with our scientists, clinicians and students. This lecture series was established through a generous gift from Ms. Joan Bergy. Read Joan and Gordon Bergy’s story.