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Carol A Mason, PhD
Professor
Full Member

Department: Pathology and Cell Biology
Neuroscience
Ophthalmology


212-305-2105
cam4@columbia.edu


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Disease Models:

Stem Cell Categories: neural

Model Organisms: Mouse

Themes: Brain



Dr. Mason's lab has identified genes that are important for cell identity in the developing retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. These genes direct retinal axon growth through the optic chiasm, where retinal fibers redistribute to one or the other side of the brain toward visual targets. This circuit is crucial for binocular vision. Current experiments involve in utero gene delivery into the normal and albino mouse retina to rescue defects in visual system circuitry. With these studies, they aim to develop gene therapy and cell transplantation to reduce visual defects in humans.

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