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About Our Research

Frans Vinberg, PhD, works to understand mechanisms in the retina that enable vision over a wide range of light intensities and colors, and how these mechanisms are affected in major blinding diseases including age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy.

The Vinberg laboratory uses state-of-the-art electrophysiology (single cell and ex vivo/in vivo ERG) and Ca2+ imaging techniques together with basic pharmacology and molecular/cell biology tools to study fundamental molecular/cellular and disease mechanisms, mainly in the photoreceptor and retinal pigment epithelium cells from mice, primates and donor human eyes.

Frans Vinberg, PhD.
Frans Vinberg, PhD.

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Life after Death for the Human Eye

Vinberg Lab scientists are part of a team that revived light-sensing neuron cells in organ donor eyes and restored communication between them as part of a series of discoveries that stand to transform brain and vision research.

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A New Light on Human Color Vision

Backed by a five-year, $2 million National Eye Institute Research Project Grant, the lab of Frans Vinberg, PhD, at the John A. Moran Eye Center is seeking a deeper understanding of photoreceptors and how major blinding diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, affect them.

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Frans Vinberg, PhD