2023 Boynton Lecture: Dr. Rachel Wong
2023 Boynton Lecture: Saturday, Oct 7, 15:45
Rachel Wong, University of Washington
Wiring specificity and plasticity of the vertebrate retina
Vision relies on the output of the many functionally distinct and precisely wired circuits of the retina. Using transgenic techniques, imaging methods and electrophysiology, we seek to uncover the developmental mechanisms that help establish the wiring specificity of retinal circuits in vertebrates. Moreover, because injury or disease can cause rewiring after maturation, we are also reconstructing primate retinal circuits impacted by the loss of input, in order to identify the challenges to circuit repair.
Rachel has made numerous contributions to vision science and has a stellar mentoring and training record. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was a Paul Allen Distinguished Investigator, and is a Fellow of the National Vision Research Institute, a recipient of the ARVO Friedenwald award and the B.B. Boycott Prize, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Rachel’s research centers on the development of the neural retina, using a diversity of tools including multi-electrode arrays, single-cell patch-clamp techniques, and advanced imaging. This combination has provided an unprecedented view of how the highly specific synaptic connectivity that subserves retinal function is established and maintained and how it reacts to damage.
She’s long been a friend to the Fall Vision Meeting, and we’re thrilled to have her giving this year’s Boynton Lecture.