Seeing in the cold – neurobiology of the ground squirrel retina

Seminar | October 8 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Wei Li, PhD, NIH/NEI

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The ground squirrel has a cone-dominant retina and it hibernates in winter. We exploit these two unique features to study retinal biology and adaptations during hibernation. In this seminar, I will discuss an optic feature of the ground squirrel retina, as well as several forms of adaptation during hibernation in the retina and beyond. By exploring the mechanisms of such adaptation, we hope to shed light on therapeutic tactics for retinal injury and diseases, which are often associated with metabolic stress.

 nrterranova@berkeley.edu