Richard H. Masland, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Distinguished David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology
Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Neurobiology
Member, PhD Program in Neuroscience

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Senior Scientist

Research Summary

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Research Summary

Dr. Masland studies the normal cell biology of the neural retina and its disorders. His laboratory has discovered a number of cell types within the retina and has given increased attention to listing all of the cells present in the retina, i.e. the retina "neurome." He has demonstrated that the retina is a system containing more than 60 cell types, which are organized into more than a dozen parallel informational channels. There are more than 15 different types of ganglion cells, each carrying a different transformation of the visual scene to the brain. With mouse genetics and computer vision collaborators, Dr. Masland's laboratory hopes to characterize the array of retinal ganglion cells in a murine model to more fully understand how ganglion cell types contribute to visual perception.