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Image of the Month: Neural connections in the visual pathway of the brain

The lab of Dr. Melanie Samuel focuses on studying the retina and visual areas of the brain.

Microscope image of the connections among crucial neurons within the visual pathway in the thalamus in the brain. Neuronal projections (in red, marking neuron-specific cytoskeletal proteins) initiated in the cell body connect individual neurons (tagged in green with the neuronal biomarker NeuN). Image courtesy of Dr. Kang-Chieh Huang/Samuel lab.
Dr. Kang-Chieh Huang

Samuel’s research aims to improve our understanding of diverse neural diseases by deciphering protective neural pathways as well as mapping molecules that control how neurons develop and connect by applying precise, neuron-specific genetic tools.

“We are developing new approaches to visualize neural development and resiliency in living animals, resulting in some of the first high-resolution views into this process,” Samuel said. “With these methods we can simultaneously image of whole neurons, their synapses and numerous molecules within neurons and their neighbors.”

Learn more about the research conducted in the Samuel lab, here.

Dr. Melanie Samuel


Dr. Melanie Samuel is an associate professor of neuroscience and the Huffington Center on Aging and a member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine.




By Ana María Rodríguez, Ph.D.


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