2016-2017 Vision Research Seminar Series

Kellogg faculty and other distinguished scientists present their newest research. View the schedule.

All seminars are held from noon to 1 p.m. in the 6th floor KEC conference room, unless otherwise noted.

Note: Please check back for updates to the Vision Research Seminar schedule.


Dr. Sara Aton

May 18, 2017 

“Thalamocortical communication and sleep-dependent sensory plasticity”  

Sara Aton Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan

Dr. Scott Plafker

May 25, 2017

“Mitochondrial Dynamics in RPE Homeostasis and Disease” 

Scott M. Plafker, Ph.D.
Associate Member, Aging and Metabolism Research Program
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

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  • Dr. Rajendra Apte

    September 8, 2016

    Grand Rounds
    7:45 - 8:30 a.m. in the Oliphant Auditorium
    What we know about zika virus infections of the eye and the doctors who treat them

    Vision Research Seminar
    NAD+ biosynthesis, mitochondrial function and retinal degeneration

    Rajendra S. Apte, M.D., Ph.D.
    Paul A. Cibis Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology
    Professor of Developmental Biology and Medicine
    Director of Translational Research and Jeffrey Fort Innovation fund
    Washington University School of Medicine

    Dr. Samuel Miao-Sin Wu

    September 15, 2016
    Rod and cone signaling pathways mediating visual function and dysfunction in the mammalian retina

    Samuel Miao-Sin Wu, Ph.D.
    Professor and Camille and Raymond Hankamer Chair in Ophthalmology
    Professor, Neuroscience
    Professor, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Baylor College of Medicine



Dr. David Cobrinik

October 20, 2016
Human cone development circuitry in retinoblastoma initiation

David E. Cobrinik, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Research Ophthalmology
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California


Dr. Mary Elizabeth Harnett

November 10, 2016

Alternative therapeutic considerations in neovascular AMD 

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
John Moran Eye Center
University of Utah Health Care


Dr. Eric Newman

December 8, 2016

Glial Cell Regulation of Blood Flow in the Healthy and Diabetic Retina

Eric A. Newman, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of NeuroscienceWWW
University of Minnesota


Dr. Sylvia Smith

February 2, 2017
Targeting the molecular chaperone Sigma 1 Receptor: a novel therapeutic strategy for retinal degeneration”

Sylvia B. Smith, Ph.D.
Regents' Professor and Chair, Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy
Professor of Ophthalmology and Graduate Studies
Co-Director, James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute
Augusta Universtiy


Dr. Sylvia Smith

March 9, 2017
“Light response pathways in eye development and disease”

Richard A. Lang, Ph.D.
Director, Visual Systems Group
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Dr. Wenbo Zhang

March 23, 2017
“ER stress-induced CXCL10/CXCR3 pathway in retinal neuronal injury”

Wenbo Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Univeristy of Texas Medical Branch


Dr. Yuk Fai Leung

April 20, 2017
“Discover new drugs for retinal degeneration by zebrafish research”

Yuk Fai Leung, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Purdue University


For additional information, please contact Melanie Cosklo at 734-936-9547 or cosklome@med.umich.edu.

For information about Research Faculty, including complete bios, research summaries and contact information, please see the Research Faculty Directory.

The Vision Research Seminar series is funded in part by the Alexander Gotz, M.D., Endowed Education Fund in Ophthalmology.

Last Modified: Thursday, 04-May-2017 07:43:52 EDT