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Vision Science Seminar


Vision Seminar


Talks are typically alternate Mondays, 12:15-1:15 pm, in Barchi Library (140 John Morgan Building), but see below for occasional exceptions.

Students (and postdocs): We encourage you to have lunch with a speaker or two during the year. Please contact the speaker's host (in advance, if possible).

Fall 2012

September 10:
Diego Contreras
The Structure of Neuronal Correlations in Mouse V1 and the Role of Layer 6 Studied With Optogenetic Methods
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Joshua Gold


September 24:
Emilio Salinas
From Guessing To Knowing: Neural Correlates of Random and Informed Decisions During Rapid Choices
Wake Forest University
Host: Diego Contrerras


October 8:
Gregory Horwitz

Exploring Primary Visual Cortex with Closed-Loop and Optogenetic Methods
University of Washington
Host: David Brainard


October 22:
Tudor Badea
Molecular Genetics of Retinal Ganglion Cell Diversification

National Institutes of Health
Host: Wenqin Lou


November 5:
Hendrik Scholl

Age-related Macular Degeneration: A Genetic, Immunologic and Systemic Disease

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Host: Artur Cideciyan


November 19:
Kirill Martemyanov
G Protein Mediated Synaptic Transmission of Visual Signals in the Retina
The Scripps Research Institute, Florida
Host: Noga Vardi


December 3:
Enrique Rodriguez-Boulan

Photoreceptors and Retinal Pigment Epithelium: Partners in Normal Vision and Retinal Disease

Weill Cornell Medical College
Host: Claire Mitchell


December 17:
Jessica Morgan

Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy and its Application for High Resolution Study of Choroideremia

University of Pennsylvania
Host: Jean Bennett




Spring 2013


January 7:
Konstantin Petrukhin
Fighting Macular Degeneration: From Gene Discoveries to Drug Development

Columbia University
Host: Gus Aguirre


January 28:
Yang Dan

Visual Cortical Processing: Clones, Interneurons, and Cholinergic Modulation

University of California, Berkeley
Host: Joshua Gold


Febuary 11:
Bosco Tjan

Measuring the Relationship between the fMRI BOLD Response and Neuronal Activity from a Subject without the Optic Chiasm

University of Southern California
Host: Geoff Aguirre


February 25:
Anuradha Dhingra
G-proteins in Retina: Role in Signaling Cascades and Beyond
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Noga Vardi


March 11 :
David Gamm
Modeling Retinal Development and Disease with Human iPS Cells

University of Wisconsin
Host: Jean Bennett

April 1:
Heidi Hofer

Visual Perception and the Retinal Mosaic

University of Houston
Host: David Brainard


April 15:
Joshua Singer

Synaptic Dynamics Determine Retinal Circuit Function

University of Maryland
Host: Robert Smith


April 29:
Alessandra Angelucci
Circuits for Contextual Integration in Primary Visual Cortex
University of Utah
Host: Diego Contrerras


May 20:
David Freedman

Neuronal Mechanisms of Visual Categorization and Decision Making
University of Chicago
Host: Nicole Rust


Past Seminars:

2011 2012 Vision Seminar Schedule

2010 2011 Vision Seminar Schedule

2009 2010 Vision Seminar Schedule

2008 2009 Vision Seminar Schedule

2007 2008 Vision Seminar Schedule

For scheduling and other information please contact Noga Vardi (email or phone 215-898-4520)

The Vision Seminar is supported by the National Eye Institute through its Vision Training Grant to U. Penn.