Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Research Interests

The goal of our lab is to identify the structural and developmental principles that turn agglomerations of cells into image processing circuitry.  At the core of our approach is circuit scale 3D electron microscopy (EM), an imaging technology that can reveal the precise pattern of synaptic connections within a network of neurons.  Our work focuses on: 1) The Retina, where stereotyped structure/function relationships are ideal for relating patterns of synaptic connectivity to specific visual computations and 2) The LGN, a circuit that is immediately downstream to the retina and structurally analogous to the retina, but whose circuit structure is heavily dependent on developmental patterns of synaptic activity.

Professional Education
  • BSc: 1997-2001, Neurobiology, New College of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, FL
  • PhD: 2001-2007, Neuroscience, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: 2007-2010 University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: 2010-2011, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: 2011-2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard, Cambridge, MA
  • Neuroscience
  • Ophthalmology
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology Program
  • Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program

Morgan Lab

Morgan Lab

We study the organization, development, degeneration, and regeneration of the synaptic circuitry of the visual system.

PI: Josh Morgan, PhD