Daniel Kerschensteiner, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Office Phone: (314) 747-5630

Email: KerschensteinerD@vision.wustl.edu

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  • M.D. Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany (2003)


  • Residency in Neurology Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany (2002-2004)
  • Fellow, Neuroscience, University College London, UK (2004-2005)
  • Fellow, Biological Structure, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2005-2009)

Selected Publications

  1. Faits MC, Zhang C, Soto F and Kerschensteiner D. Dendritic mitochondria reach stable positions during circuit development. Elife 2016 [html] [pdf]
  2. Kerschensteiner D. Superior colliculus does play dice. Neuron 2015 [pdf]
  3. Akrouh A and Kerschensteiner D. Morphology and function of three VIP-expressing amacrine cell types in the mouse retina. J Neurophysiol 2015 [pdf]
  4. Tien NW, Pearson JT, Heller CR, Demas J and Kerschensteiner D. Genetically identified suppressed-by-contrast ganglion cells reliably signal self-generated visual stimuli. J Neurosci 2015 [pdf]
  5. Kim T, Soto F and Kerschensteiner D. An excitatory amacrine cell detects object motion and provides feature-selective input to ganglion cells in the mouse retina. Elife 2015 [html] [pdf]
  6. Pearson JT and Kerschensteiner D. Ambient illumination switches contrast preference of specific retinal processing streams. J Neurophysiol 2015 [pdf]
  7. Johnson RE and Kerschensteiner D. Retrograde plasticity and differential competition of bipolar cell dendrites and axons in the developing retina. Curr Biol 2014 [pdf] [supplement] [Dispatch]
  8. Kerschensteiner D. Spontaneous network activity and synaptic development. Neuroscientist 2013 [pdf]
  9. Soto F, Watkins KL, Johnson RE, Schottler F and Kerschensteiner D. NGL-2 regulates pathway-specific neurite growth and lamination, synapse formation, and signal transmission in the retina. J Neurosci 2013 33(29):11949-59 [pdf]
  10. Akrouh A and Kerschensteiner D. Intersecting circuits generate precisely patterned retinal waves. Neuron 2013 79(2):322-34 [pdf] [supplement]
  11. Schwartz GW, Okawa H, Dunn FA, Morgan JL, Kerschensteiner D, Wong RO and Rieke F. The spatial structure of a nonlinear receptive field. Nat Neurosci 2012 15(11):1572-80 [pdf] [supplement]
  12. Soto F, Ma X, Cecil JL, Vo B, Culican SM and Kerschensteiner D. Spontaneous activity promotes synapse formation in a cell-type-dependent manner in the developing retina. J Neurosci 2012 32(16):5426-39 [pdf]
  13. Morgan JL, Soto F, Wong RO and Kerschensteiner D. Development of cell type-specific connectivity patterns of converging excitatory axons in the retina. Neuron 2011 71(6):1014-20. [pdf] [supplement]
  14. Soto F, Bleckert A, Lewis R, Kang Y, Kerschensteiner D, Craig AM and Wong RO. Coordinated increase in inhibitory and excitatory synapses onto retinal ganglion cells during development. Neural Development 2011 6(1):31. [pdf]
  15. Kerschensteiner D. Circuit assembly: the repulsive side of lamination. Curr Biol 2011 21(4):R163-6. [pdf]
  16. Kerschensteiner D, Morgan JL, Parker EP, Lewis RM and Wong RO. Neurotransmission selectively regulates synapse formation in parallel circuits in vivo. Nature 2009 460(7258):1016-20. [pdf] [supplement] [News & Views] [podcast]

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