Visual Neuroscience Lab

More than 20 areas in the human cortex

receive strong visual input.

But little is known about the neurobiology

of these areas of the human cortex.

How do they develop?

How do they change across the lifespan?


We use a library of rare and valuable human tissue samples to study the neurobiological make-up of the human visual cortex.


We study...

  • how synapses in human cortex develop and change
  • how different cortical areas develop and change
  • how different kinds of experiences and diseases affect development & aging


We are finding...

  • a lifetime of changes in human visual cortex
  • that even primary visual cortex changes at every stage of human development from birth through aging
  • that experience and disease have unique effects on visual cortex

Our next questions will address...

  • the excitatory:inhibitory balance in human cortex
  • development of plasticity mechanisms in multiple cortical areas
  • changes to plasticity mechanisms caused by disease


Join us for Graduate Studies to explore development and plasticity of the human brain.