Dissection neural circuits in the early visual system


Event details

Date and time 20.09.2017 12:1513:00  
Place and room
Principal Investigator, NERF / VIB
Assistant Professor, KU Leuven
Category Conferences - Seminars

What the brain knows about the visual world is derived solely from the activity of retinal ganglion cells, the output of the retina. Retinal ganglion cells are made up more than 40 subtypes that each responds best to a particular feature in the visual scene and send information to at least 20 distinct destinations in the brain.

To understand how visual processing in the retina influences visually guided behavior we dissect the circuitry linking the retina with one of its main central brain targets, the superior colliculus, and map out the feature space encoded there. Dissecting this circuitry enables us to establish causal links between the activity of specific retinal ganglion cell subtypes and visually guided orientating behaviors.

PhD: Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology. Munich, Germany, 2001 - 2005. 
Postdoc: Harvard Medical School, 2005 - 2007.
Postdoc: Friedrich Miescher Institute, 2007 - 2012
NERF / VIB Group Leader, since April 2013   

Practical information

  • Informed public
  • Free


  • Medtronic Chair in Neuroengineering (lne.epfl.ch)


  • Prof. Diego Ghezzi