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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 2013

September 30:
William Guido
Circuit Development in the Mouse Visual Thalamus
University of Louisville
Host: Diego Contrerras


October 7:
Douglas Fields
Plasticity Beyond the Neuron Doctrine: Action Potentials in Regulating Myelination and Synaptic Strength

National Institutes of Health
Host: Claire Mitchell


October 21:
Theodore Wensel
New Approaches to Phototransduction and Retinal Degeneration

Baylor College of Medicine
Host: Noga Vardi


November 4:
Michael Freed

Retinal Ganglion Cells and Their Synaptic Inputs: a Neural Circuit Designed to Mitigate Noise

University of Pennsylvania
Host: Robert Smith


December 2:
Christopher Passaglia

Computational Homologies of a Vertebrate and Invertebrate Eye

University of South Florida
Host: Robert Smith


December 16:
Bijan Pesaran

A Role for Coherent Activity in Coordinating Look and Reach Movements

New York University
Host: Joshua Gold




Spring 2014


January 13:
James Fadool
Photoreceptor Patterning in Development and Disease

Florida State University
Host: Kathleen Boesze-Battaglia


February 3:
Jonathan Horton

Binocular Function in Strabismus

University of California, San Francisco
Host: David Brainard


February 17:
Brian Chow

Optogenetic Tools for Controlling Biological Circuits

University of Pennsylvania
Host: Jean Bennett


March 3:
Austin Roorda
Testing Vision, One Cone at a Time

University of California, Berkeley
Host: Jessica Morgan


March 17:
Benjamin Kim
Adaptive Optics Imaging of Central Serous Retinopathy

University of Pennsylvania
Host: Jessica Morgan


March 31:
Hendrikje Nienborg
Using Neuron-behavior Correlations to Infer How Visual Neurons Inform Perceptual Decisions
University of Tübingen
Host: Nicole Rust


April 7:
Michele Rucci

How Active Is Visual Perception?

Boston University
Host: Alan Stocker


April 28:
Daeyeol Lee

Neural Basis of Strategic Decision Making

Yale University
Host: Joshua Gold


May 12:
Budd Tucker

Using Patient Specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to Interrogate and Treat Inherited Retinal Degenerative Disease
University of Iowa
Host: Jean Bennett


Past Seminars:

2012 2013 Vision Seminar Schedule

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.