Vision for escape and pursuit

April 20, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Daniel Kerschensteiner, hosted by Greg Field
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Duke Neurobiology welcomes Daniel Kerschensteiner, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. For connection info to his Zoom seminar, email
Abstract: One interest of my lab to understand how the visual system detects and tracks salient stimuli in the environment to initiate and guide specific behaviors (i.e., visual neuroethology). Predator avoidance and prey capture are central selection pressures of animal evolution. Mice use vision to detect aerial predators and hunt insects. I will discuss studies from my group that identify specific circuits and pathways in the early visual system (i.e., the retina and its subcortical targets) mediating predator avoidance and prey capture in mice. Our results highlight the importance of subcellular visual processing in the retina and the alignment of viewing strategies with region- and cell-type-specific retinal ganglion cell projection patterns to the brain.