The richness of the visual world is extraordinary—the process of seeing form, color and motion from twilight to bright sunny days is so complex that the work of coding these sensations is divided among ~20 independent parallel channels before leaving the retina. The work in my lab is designed to discover which retinal neurons comprise these circuits and what types of information each circuit encodes.
Obtaining this information involves the complementary use of several anatomical and physiological techniques. In my lab, we use fluorescent microscopy, confocal microscopy, immunocytochemistry, dye injection and electrical recording coupled with specially designed visual stimuli to discover the individual circuits and their functions. Special topics of interest include the many different roles that gap junctions play in retinal processing and the role of correlated firing in coding visual stimuli
Ye Long, Ph.D., 2012, University of Alabama – Birmingham
Iris Fahrenfort, Ph.D., 2001, The Netherlands Ophthalmic Research Institute- Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Publications