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Vision Research Seminar Series

Exploring Multi-Disciplinary Vision Science Research

Confocal image of rat RPE layer
Courtesy National Eye Institute

​The Department of Ophthalmology is pleased to host a Vision Research Seminar Series!  This series will cover research in the visual sciences and will feature speakers from multiple institutions.  Everyone is welcome – our goal is to assemble the diverse vision research community in order to learn from each other.  We will meet the 4th Friday of each month during the academic year from 12 PM – 1 PM in the Ophthalmology Conference Room (RC-1 North, room 5109).

For additional information or if you would like to present your research at our seminar series, please contact Dr. Brzezinski.

2016 - 2017 Speaker Schedule​

9/16/16: Shivalingappa Swamynathan, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh Department of Ophthalmology

10/28/16: David Antonetti, Ph.D.
University of Michigan Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Molecular and Integrative Physiology

1/27/17: Velia Fowler, Ph.D.
The Scripps Research Institute, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

2/24/17: Kristin Kwan, Ph.D.
University of Utah, Departments of Human Genetics and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

3/24/17: Christine Curcio, Ph.D.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Ophthalmology

4/7/17: Kang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California San Diego, Department of Ophthalmology

4/28/17: Natalia Vergara, Ph.D.
The Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University

5/26/17: Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, M.D. [cancelled, and moved to March 16, 2018]
University of Utah, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

​2015 - 2016 Speaker Schedule 

September 25, 2015
Robert Murphy, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Denver - Department of Pharmacology
October 23, 2015
January 22, 2016
Alex Ljubimov, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Director of Regenerative Medicine Institute Eye Program
University of California Los Angeles – Department of Medicine
February 26, 2016
Justin Hanes, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University - Director of the Center for Nanomedicine at the Wilmer Eye Institute
March 25, 2016 - Canceled
​David A. Antonetti, Ph.D.
University of Michigan - Departments of Ophthalmology and Molecular & Integrative Physiology
April 22, 2016
​Maria Valeria Canto Soler, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University - Director of Retinal Degeneration Research Center
May 20, 2016
Nadean Brown, Ph.D.
University of California Davis - Department of Cell Biology & Human Anatomy

2014 - 2015 Speaker Schedule

October 1, 2014
Justin Kumar, Ph.D.
Indiana University - Department of Biology

October 31, 2014
Chris Yakacki, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Denver - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Mechanical Engineering)

November 21, 2014
G. Bhanuprakash Reddy, PhD
National Institute of Nutrition - Biochemistry Division
Hyderabad, INDIA

January 23, 2015
Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Ph.D.
University of North Texas Health Science Center – Cell Biology & Immunology

February 27, 2015

March 27, 2015

David Hinton, M.D.
University of Southern California - Departments of Pathology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology

May 1, 2015
Michael Wormstone, Ph.D.
University of East Anglia - School of Biological Sciences

May 22, 2015
Monica Vetter, Ph.D.
The University of Utah - Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy


2013 - 2014 Speaker Schedule

September 20, 2013
David C. Beebe, Ph.D.
Washington University - Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences

October 18, 2013

November 22, 2013 - Please note new date
Yutao Liu, Ph.D.
Duke University - Department of Medicine & Ophthalmology

December 20, 2013

January 17, 2014
Harald Junge, Ph.D.
University of Colorado at Boulder – Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

February 21, 2014
Deepak A. Lamba, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Buck Institute for Research on Aging

March 21, 2014
Wai T. Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health - National Eye Institute

April 18, 2014
Tom M. Glaser, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California-Davis - Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy

May 16, 2014
William W. Hauswirth, Ph.D.
University of Florida - Department of Ophthalmology


​2012 - 2013 Speaker Schedule

October 9, 2012
Hemmant Khanna, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School – Department of Ophthalmology

November 13, 2012
Maria Nagel, M.D.
University of Colorado School of Medicine – Department of Neurology

December 11, 2012
Jozsef Vigh, Ph.D.
Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Neurosciences Division

January 8, 2013
Harald Junge, Ph.D.
University of Colorado at Boulder – Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

February 12, 2013
Steven Britt, M.D.
University of Colorado School of Medicine - Cell and Developmental Biology/Ophthalmology

March 12, 2013
Thomas Reh, Ph.D.
The University of Washington School of Medicine - Department of Biological Structure

April 9, 2013
Vasilis Vasiliou, Ph.D.
Director, Toxicology Graduate Program
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy - Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

​​2017 - 2018 Speaker Schedule


Friday July 28, 2017: P. Anil Kumar, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry, University of Hyderabad

Friday September 22, 2017: Steven Bassnett, Ph.D.
Division of Biology and Biomedical Scienes, Washington University in St. Louis SOM

Friday October 27, 2017: Joseph Corbo, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University in St. Louis SOM

Friday January 26, 2018: Edward Levine, Ph.D.
Depatment of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Vanderbilt University

Friday February 23, 2018: Dennis Clegg, Ph.D.
Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Friday March 16, 2018: Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, M.D.
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Utah SOM

Friday March 23, 2018: Susan Menko, Ph.D.
Department of Pathology, Anatomy, & Cell Biology, Thomas Jefferson University

Friday April 27, 2018: Jeffrey Mumm, Ph.D.
Wilmer Eye Institute & McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Friday May 25, 2018: Robert Hendricks, Ph.D.
Departments of Ophthalmology, Immunology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine