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John Dowling: A Life in Vision

John Dowling: A Life in Vision

John E. Dowling, the Gordon and Llura Gund Research Professor of Neurosciences at Harvard’s Molecular and Cellular Biology department has enjoyed a full and satisfying career. He is best known for his groundbreaking research on the functional organization of the vertebrate retina, which he has used as a model piece of the brain. He has worked on many species from primates to zebrafish over the years, and now, easing into retirement is working in the laboratory of Jeff Lichtman, an MCB colleague, doing what he calls his first postdoctoral fellowship. In this article for the Annual Review of Vision Science, he reflects on his career in research, his many colleagues, teaching neurobiology, and the variety of administrative responsibilities he has taken on.

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John Dowling faculty profile