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  • Wei Li, Ph.D.

Head, Unit of Retinal Neurophysiology, National Eye Institute, National Institute of Health


  • EDUCATION:

1998 – 2003 Ph.D. in Biomedical Science (Neuroscience), Graduate School of Biomedical Science University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center

1991 – 1997 Bachelor of Medicine (7-Year Honors Program), Zhejiang University School of Medicine (China)


  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

July 2007 –
Investigator (tenure-track)
National Eye Institute
National Institute of Health

June 2003 – July 2007
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dept. of Ophthalmology
Northwestern University School of Medicine

Sept. 1998 – May 2003
Graduate Research Assistant
Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Graduate School of Biomedical Science
University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center

Sept. 1997 – Aug. 1998
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant
Graduate Program in Vision Science
State University of New York, College of Optometry


  • PUBLICATIONS:

DeVries SH, Li W, Saszik SM (2006) Parallel processing in two transmitter microenvironments at the cone photoreceptor synapse. Neuron 50(5):735-748.

Li W, DeVries SH (2006) Bipolar cell pathways for color and luminance vision in a dichromatic mammalian retina. Nature Neurosci 9:669-675.

O’Brien JJ, Li W, Pan F, Keung J, O’Brien J, Massey SC (2006) Coupling between A-type Horizontal Cells is Mediated by Connexin50 Gap Junctions in the Rabbit Retina. J Neurosci 26(45):11624-11636

Zhang J, Li W, Hoshi H, Mills SL, Massey SC (2005) Stratification of alpha ganglion cells and ON/OFF directionally selective ganglion cells in the rabbit retina. Vis Neurosci. 22(4):535-549.

Trexler EB, Li W, Massey SC (2005) Simultaneous contribution of two rod pathways to AII amacrine and cone bipolar cell light responses. J Neurophysiol 93:1476-1485.

Li W, DeVries SH (2004) Separate blue and green cone networks in the mammalian retina. Nature Neurosci 7:751-756.

Li W, Keung JW, Massey SC (2004) Direct synaptic connections between rods and OFF cone bipolar cells in the rabbit retina. J Comp Neurol 474:1-12.

Protti DA, Flores-Herr N, Li W, Massey SC, Wässle H (2004) Light signaling in scotopic conditions in the rabbit, mouse and rat retina: a physiological and anatomical study. J Neurophysiol 93(6):3479-3488.

Firth SI, Li W, Massey SC, Marshak DW (2003) AMPA receptors mediate acetylcholine release from starburst amacrine cells in the rabbit retina. J Comp Neurol 466:80-90.

Wang Z, Li W, Mitchell CK, Carter-Dawson L (2003) Activation of protein kinase C reduces GLAST in the plasma membrane of rat Muller cells in primary culture. Vis Neurosci 20(6):611-619.

Massey SC, O'Brien JJ, Trexler EB, Li W, Keung JW, Mills SL, O'Brien J (2003) Multiple neuronal connexins in the mammalian retina. Cell Commun Adhes 10:425-430.

Li W, Trexler EB, Massey SC (2002) Glutamate receptors at rod bipolar ribbon synapses in the rabbit retina. J Comp Neurol 448:230-248.

Li W, Zhang J, Massey SC (2002) Coupling pattern of S1 and S2 amacrine cells in the rabbit retina. Vis Neurosci 19:119-131.

Zhang J, Li W, Trexler EB, Massey SC (2002) Confocal analysis of reciprocal feedback at rod bipolar terminals in the rabbit retina. J Neurosci 22:10871-10882.

Trexler EB, Li W, Mills SL, Massey SC (2001) Coupling from AII amacrine cells to ON cone bipolar cells is bidirectional. J Comp Neurol 437:408-422.

Mills SL, O'Brien JJ, Li W, O'Brien J, Massey SC (2001) Rod pathways in the mammalian retina use connexin 36. J Comp Neurol 436:336-350.


  • PAPER PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED TALKS:

• Reciprocal feedback synaptic system at the rod bipolar cell terminals (FASEB summer conference, 2002)
• Wiring in the OPL of a mammalian retina (University of Texas-Houston, 2006)
• Bipolar cell pathways for color and luminance vision in a dichromatic mammalian retina (ARVO, 2006)
• Wiring in the OPL of a mammalian retina (Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, 2006)
• Rod and cone input to cone OFF bipolar cells (FASEB summer conference, 2006)
• The first synapse in vision -– the photoreceptor synapse and the retinal circuitry (National Eye Institute, NIH, 2006)
• The first synapse in vision -– the photoreceptor synapse and the retinal circuitry (Washington University at St. Louis, 2006)
• The first synapse in vision -– the photoreceptor synapse and the retinal circuitry (Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA, 2006)


  • HONORS:

• Dean’s Research Award (University of Texas – Houston Medical School)
• ARVO Foundation/Retina Research Foundation Travel Grant (ARVO)
• Fight For Sight Postdoctoral Fellowship (Fight For Sight)
• Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Fellowship (NIH)


  • ACADEMIC MEMBERSHIPS:

• Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
• Society For Neuroscience (SfN)


  • EDITORIAL DUTIES:

• Visual Neuroscience
• Journal of Comparative Neurology
• Journal of Neuroscience

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