Portrait: James Weiland

Camera: Leica Monochrom
Exposure: 1/90
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO: 12,500

My sincere thanks to James Weiland for hosting me at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center to deliver a talk the other day on our work in retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration.  That was the first airplane trip, and the first in-person talk I’ve given since February of 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic set in.  I can’t tell you how good it felt to sit down with colleagues in person, and enjoy some time with good people talking about science and other things.  I thoroughly enjoyed sharing a meal and our conversation while walking through Ann Arbor, and look forward to the next opportunity to visit.

James is a professor of bioengineering, working to create technological approaches to vision loss. His lab is one of the few that is working to really understand how bionic prostheses interface with biological tissues from an electrical perspective, and I am incredibly optimistic to see their work on carbon fiber electrodes continue with retinal prosthetics.

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