Dr. Manookin earned his Ph.D. in 2009 studying Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. He completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Washington with Drs. Maureen and Jay Neitz from 2011 to 2014.

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Undergraduate Education: BA, Linguistics, Brigham Young University, 2002

Graduate Education: MA, Linguistics, Brigham Young University, 2004

                                                  PhD, Neuroscience, University of Michigan, 2009

Post-Doctoral Education: Senior Fellow, Dept. Biological Structure, University of Washington 2009-11

                                     Senior Fellow, Dept. Ophthalmology University of Washington 2011-14

Memberships: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

                           Society for Neuroscience (SfN)


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Academic & Research Focus

Research in the Manookin laboratory focused on the retinal encoding of the visual scene and the treatment of blindness. The laboratory has made considerable progress in understanding how retinal interneurons contribute to encoding of visual information. We are currently collaborating with the Van Gelder laboratory on the physiology of intrinsically photosensitive ganglion cells. In addition, the laboratory will be collaborating with the Van Gelder, Neitz, and Mustari laboratories to develop photoswitches for the treatment of blindness.

Awards & Honors

2000-2001 Office of Research and Creative Activities Research Scholarship Recipient, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

2005  National Eye Institute Travel Award Recipient, ARVO meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2008  Invited Speaker, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Retinal Neurobiology and Visual Processing Meeting, Snowmass Village, CO


Stafford B, Manookin MB, Singer JH, Demb JB. NMDA receptor contributions to spatial and temporal processing by the retina. J Physiol, in press.

Puller CP, Manookin MB, Neitz M, Neitz J. 2013.  A specialized synaptic pathway for chromatic signals beneath S-cone photoreceptors is common to human, Old and New World primates. J Opt Soc Am A, accepted for publication.

Crook JD, Manookin MB, Dacey DM. 2011. Non-synaptic horizontal cell feedback mediates ‘red-green’ color opponency in midget ganglion cells. J Neurosci, 31 (5):1762-72.

Manookin MB, Weick M, Stafford B, Demb JB. 2010. NMDA receptor contributions to visual contrast coding. Neuron, 67(2):280-293.

Beaudoin DL, Manookin MB, Demb JB. 2008. Distinct expressions of contrast gain control in parallel synaptic pathways converging on a retinal ganglion cell.  J Physiol 586(22):5487-5502.

Manookin MB, Beaudoin DL, Ernst ZR, Flagel LJ, Demb JB.  2008.  Disinhibition combines with excitation to extend the operating range of the OFF visual pathway in daylight. J Neurosci 28(16):4136-50.

Zaghloul KA, Manookin MB, Borghuis BG, Boahen K, Demb JB.  2007.  Functional circuitry for peripheral suppression in mammalian Y-type retinal ganglion cells. J Neurophysiol 97(6):4327-40.

Manookin MB, Demb JB.  2006. Presynaptic mechanism for slow contrast adaptation in mammalian retinal ganglion cells. Neuron 50(3):453-64.


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