I am a retinal neuroscientist, photographer and advocate for specialized knowledge. My scientific work involves understanding the topology of neural circuitry, and what the evolution of neural circuitry can teach us about information processing. The work is funded through the study of disease and understanding how neural structure, organization and circuitry changes in neurodegenerative disease.
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, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and multiple sclerosis drives the work.
I am the PI/Director of the Marclab for Connectomics.
My Google Scholar Link is here.
My list of publications can be seen here.
MyNCBI 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.
Photo above, courtesy of Christopher Michel.