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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, age-related macular degeneration, and multiple sclerosis drives the work.

My list of publications can be seen here. MyNCBI link here. There is a lab link here.

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.

I can also be found editing Webvision.



Photo above, courtesy of Christopher Michel.

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  1. I am very happy that you research this kind of work. I am blind in my right eye, since I was 9 years old coming from Germany. I have compensated for the lack of vision but sometimes wonder what it feels like to have two eyes, which is why I have a Leica. Love the camera and love the feel and construction of the lenses. I have a Leica M9-P and various other Leica film cameras. Love your articles and enjoyed reading them. Now I teach Visual Arts at Lyndon State College in Vermont.

    Harry MuellerAugust 18, 2014 @ 12:30 pmReply
    • Thank you for the feedback Harry. Gotta say that the Leica rangefinder design is something near and dear to my heart. Love the way it works. Do you have a place online where you post your images? Flickr? I’d love to see your work.

  2. These are stunning images that hold great appeal for me as a birding and photography enthusiast!

  3. Absolutely amazing photography! I stumbled across your website by chance while I was looking up Janelia (how I would love to see it for myself one day). I’m so happy to see great art and science combined as it is done in your pictures. Art and scince tend to be pitched against one another, but I believe they’re a match made in heaven. Lacking good photography skills, I draw science comics instead. ;) Thank you for sharing your pictures with the world!

  4. I read your article about your unfortunate experiences with Leica. I have a Leica M2 which I love and I still use it to shoot film. But I am amazed by the quality of the build and the images I get with my Fuji cameras. The XPro1 rekindled my love for photography the way my M2 did. And you’re right, Fuji customer service is the best! Happy shooting.

    Mark SantostefanoApril 11, 2016 @ 9:05 pmReply

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