"Neural Circuits for Vision in the Natural World"
Cristopher Niell, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
University of Oregon
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I have spent most of my research career studying the development and function of neural circuits in the visual system. As a graduate student in Dr. Stephen Smith’s lab at Stanford University, I used two-photon imaging in the zebrafish optic tectum to study both functional receptive field properties and the developmental processes of growth and synapse formation. I then began work on the mouse visual cortex, in the lab of Dr. Michael Stryker at UC San Francisco, utilizing the mouse as genetic model system to investigate aspects of cortical organization and development. In my lab at University of Oregon, we are focused on understanding visual processing from the level of individual neurons up to brain-wide pathways, particularly in the context of behavior and different brain states.