This multidisciplinary course is organized by the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to provide a thorough introduction to the biology of major ocular compartments and their associated pathologies. The course provides a fascinating view of vertebrate eye development, anatomy, physiology and pathology.  Topics covered include: cornea, lens, vitreous, retinal development, visual processing, and pathologies, as well as central visual pathways. The course is open to graduate students and will be of particular interest to developmental and cell biologists, neuroscientists, geneticists, bioengineers, and clinician-scientists.  Postdoctoral fellows, Faculty, Residents and Technicians with an interest in the visual sciences are strongly encouraged to attend.

This course will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Fall Semester 2021

Remote Course

Location: Online via Zoom

Course master: Joshua Morgan

Access to course material

8/31/2021Overview of the eye from an evolutionary perspectiveJoe
9/2/2021Visual behavior – Conscious vision, non-conscious visual processes, active vision, change detection,  
9/7/2021Cornea I: Structure, physiology, transparencyAndrew  Huang
9/9/2021Cornea II: Stem cells and corneal  renewalAndrew Huang 
9/14/2021Genetics of cataract– age related cataractsAlan  
9/16/2021Lens: structure, cell biology. refractive errors and agingSteven
9/21/2021Structure and function: Aqueous humor inflow and outflowCarla
9/23/2021Chaperone proteins in the eyeUsha
9/28/2021Structure and function of the vitreous bodyNathan
9/30/2021PhototransductionPeter Lukasiewicz 
10/5/2021Retina I:  Structure and  functionPeter
10/7/2021Retina II: Neurobiology of visual processingPhil
10/14/2021Immune privilegeThomas
10/19/2021Cell biology of retinal developmentBrian Clarkbrian.s.clark@wustl.ed
10/21/2021Genetic control of retinal developmentShiming  
10/26/2021Neurobiology of retinal developmentDaniel Kerschensteiner
10/28/2021Genomic, proteomic, and transcriptomic analysisPhilip
11/9/2021Glaucoma and Ganglion cell NeuropathiesBanks
11/11/2021Retinal target areasJosh
11/18/2021Circadian rhythms and the visual systemErik
11/23/2021Visual plasticity in the cortexAndreas
12/2/2021Development of central pathways – waves and experienceJosh
12/7/2021Development, physiology, and PathophysiologyAndrew
12/9/2021Central Visual Pathways – pathologyGreg Van
10/12/2021Fall Break. No class.  
11/16/2021Neuroscience meeting(No class)———————-
11/25/2021Thanksgiving Break – no class