Department of Neurobiology and the College
Wei Wei focuses her research on understanding the developmental and adult patterns of synaptic connections underlying the retinal circuits and determining how the specific wiring patterns impact visual processing. This research will provide insight into the neural mechanisms of visual processing in the retina and also have broader implications in the fundamental questions of synapse development and organization in the central nervous system.
She is co-author of several publications, including “Development of Asymmetric Inhibition Underlying Retinal Direction Selectivity in the Retina” and “Genetic Identification of On-Off Direction Selective Retinal Ganglion Cells Reveals a Layer Specific Subcortical Map of Posterior Motion.” Wei was the recipient of the Anderson and Quick Fellowships of the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
After entering university at the age of 14, Wei earned a BS from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She holds a PhD from the Watson School of Biological Sciences.
She joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.