I am a retinal neuroscientist and photographer. My scientific work involves retinal circuitry, connectomics and disorders of retinal degeneration. Specifically, exploring the circuitry of the retina and how retinal degenerative diseases affect the intrinsic retinal circuitry including the implications for rescue of vision via gene therapy, and retinal bionic or biological implants. Other research efforts involve exploring metabolomics for application in understanding physiology and medicine and for drug development.
This site serves as a filtered view of my world through photography and as a tacit personal reminder of why I work in retinal and visual sciences. Understanding how we perceive the world through neural circuits involved in vision is compelling enough. But understanding how those circuits are altered in disease like retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration drives the work.
My photographic work has been published or discussed in: NPRs Science Friday, National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Wired, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Science, the Washington Post, MSNBC, io9, Mother Nature Network, The Guardian UK, CNET, the Huffington Post, NewScientist, The Washington Times, Defense Technology International, Boing Boing, War is Boring, The Washington Independent, The NIH Director’s Blog (twice!), World Politics Review, Combat Aircraft, Mental Floss Magazine, USA Today, Warships International and others.
I’ve also had gallery work presented in the Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich and Art Access in Salt Lake City and had materials used in documentary films.
Photo above, courtesy of Christopher Michel.