Portrait: Samer Hattar

Camera: Leica Monochrom
Exposure: 1/180
Aperture: f/1.2
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO: 1,250

My friend and colleague Samer Hattar (@shattar0429) came by this week to visit, give a talk at the Moran Eye Center, and discuss science collaborations.  When I first met samer, back in 2002 when he presented his work on intrinsically photosensitive ganglion cells. It 1) blew my mind and 2) I did not believe him.  Well, it still blows my mind and I was totally wrong.  We now know that melanopsin ganglion cells are a critical part of retinal and circadian infrastructure and I have to say this storyline in science has been both wonderful and informative to watch.

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