UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


IoO Seminar Series

23 February 2022, 3:00 pm–5:30 pm

IoO Seminar Series banner with Marla Feller

This seminar will be held as a hybrid meeting in the IoO OHRI Lecture Theatre and virtually on MS Teams Webinar. You can indicate your preference for attending in person when you book - but note places are limited.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students






Trudy-Anne Muggridge


OHRI Lecture Theatre & Online - Microsoft Teams Webinar
11-43 Bath Street London


3-4pm             Seminar and questions
4-4:30pm        Postdoc/PhD student discussion
4:30 -5:30pm  PI roundtable discussion

About the Speaker

Marla Feller

Professor and Head, Division of Neurobiology Department of Molecular and Cell Biology & Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute University of California, Berkeley at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Marla Feller is Paul Licht Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences and Member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. She studies the mechanisms that underpin the assembly of neural circuits during development. Feller lab is interested in the mechanisms that guide the assembly of neural circuits during development. We use the retinas as a model system where we use two-photon imaging electrophysiology and a variety of anatomical approaches to address two major questions. First, we study how immature retinal circuits generate retinal waves -- a term used to describe highly patterned spontaneous activity in the immature retina -- and what role this activity plays in the development of the retina and the retina's connections to the central visual system. Recently we have focused on a class of neurons called intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells as well as the role of waves in shaping glial cell morphology. In addition, we study the development and organisation of the circuits that mediate direction selectivity in the retina.

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