"Wiring Up the Retina"
Dr. Joshua Sanes studies the formation of synapses, the connections that transmit information between nerve cells. His current work focuses on how specific connections form in the visual system to generate the complex circuits that underlie the processing of visual information. He and his colleagues have also pioneered new ways to mark and manipulate neurons and the synapses they form. Their work has been published in over 300 papers. Dr. Sanes received a BA from Yale and a PhD from Harvard. He served on the faculty of Washington University for over 20 years, before returning to Harvard in 2004 as Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and founding Director of the Center for Brain Science. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is on the editorial board of several scientific journals, including Cell and Neuron, and a member of the working group planning the BRAIN Initiative. He has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors and the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NIH), the Council of the Society for Neuroscience, and advisory panels for the Klingenstein Neuroscience Fund, Searle Scholars Fund, Max-Planck Institute, Wellcome Trust, Stowers Institute, National Academy of Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.