Visual Neuroscience Lab







More than 20 areas in the human cortex

receive strong visual input.











But little is known about the neurobiology

of the human cortex.


How does it develop?

How does it change across the lifespan?



 
 

We use a library of rare and valuable human post-mortem tissue samples to study the neurobiology 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...

  • development of plasticity mechanisms across the human cortex
  • changes to those plasticity mechanisms caused by disease




We are excited about this work because vision is such an important sensory system for human perception.    You can take a look at some of our research in the news.


Or watch the short video below about vision and the visual system from the Allen Brain Institute to understand why we love our work so much.


 

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