Emeritus Faculty

John E. Dowling

John E. Dowling

Gordon and Llura Gund Research Professor of Neurosciences
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

I have long studied the vertebrate retina, using it as a model piece of the brain.  With students and colleagues, we have studied its functional organization including its synaptic organization, the light  responses of individual retinal cells, and the neurotransmitters/modulators  used by the retinal cells to communicate information.  In recent years, we have focused on the zebrafish retina, carrying out forward-genetic studies as well studies on its tetrachromatic color vision system.  I have now closed my laboratory but am presently working with Jeff Lichtman’s group and others to reconstruct the human fovea in three dimensions.