In the Media

Find out more about our research from recent press, podcast, and video coverage:

Can you give yourself Infrared Vision? Find out in this story in WIRED Magazine.

Recycling vision (The Concept Project)
Jan 24, 2015 — Wouldn’t it be great if we took things that we had used and shipped them off somewhere for specialists to process and send back to us for reuse? To this you might say, “Um, yes, that would be called the genius, human-generated idea of recycling.” And to you, I reply, “Of course I know this is already a thing… (read the complete article)

The human eye can see “invisible” infared light (WashU Newsroom; carried on dozens of websites and translated in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian…)
Dec 1, 2014 — The eye can detect light at wavelengths in the visual spectrum. Other wavelengths, such as infrared and ultraviolet, are supposed to be invisible to the human eye, but Washington University scientists have found that under certain conditions, it’s possible for us to see otherwise invisible infrared light. (read the complete article)

Human eye sometimes see the unseeable (Scientific American)(long list of websites that carried the story)
Jan 6, 2015 — Sometimes it’s hard to see the light. Especially if it lies outside the visible spectrum, like x-rays or ultraviolet radiation. But if you long to see the unseeable, you might be interested to hear that under certain conditions people can catch a glimpse of usually invisible infrared light… (read the complete article)

Researchers discover mechanism that helps humans see in bright and low light(WashU Newsroom)
Oct. 13, 2009 — Ever wonder how your eyes adjust during a blackout? When we go from light to near total darkness, cells in the retina must quickly adjust. Vision scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified an intricate process that allows the human eye to adapt to darkness very quickly. The same process also allows the eye to function in bright light… (read the complete article)

Pathway in retina found for quickly adapting eyes to darkness (WashU Newsroom)
March 19, 2009 – It’s almost time for the movie to start. As you hurry from the lobby into the darkened theater, you may have to stop as the transition from light into darkness renders you temporarily blind. Cells in the eye’s retina must adapt before you can begin to distinguish heads from backs of chairs. As the cells adjust, sight will be restored enough to avoid tripping over a chair or sitting in a stranger’s lap… (read the complete article)

Read a News Release about our 2015 FASEB Journal paper.

Read in The Scientist about our transretinal recordings.

Listen to a podcast about our 2014 Proc Natl Acad Sci USA paper.

Listen to an interview of Frans Vinberg on FM 89.3 WYPL in Memphis about our 2014 Proc Natl Acad Sci USA paper.

Listen to a podcast about our 2009 Nature Neuroscience paper

Listen to a podcast about our 2009 Current Biology paper.

Watch a video about our single-cell recording techniques from the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Watch a video about our transretinal recording techniques from the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Vladimir’s photographs from his motorcycle trips were included in the recent Medical School Art Show (check out the third photo in the article).