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Senior Investigator

Wei Li, Ph.D.

Building 35 Room 2A-108

Bethesda MD 20892-3739
Office: (301) 496-6669
Lab: (301) 402-5459
Fax: (301) 480-5895

Dr. Li received his medical degree in 1997 from Zhejiang University School of Medicine in China, and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2003 from the University of Texas at Houston, where he studied the organization of reciprocal feedback synapse at the axon terminal of the retinal bipolar cell in Dr. Stephen Massey's laboratory. From 2003 to 2007, as a postdoctoral fellow, he worked with Dr. Steven DeVries at Northwestern University where he investigated synaptic connections between photoreceptors and bipolar neurons in a mammalian retina. Dr. Li joined NEI as the principal investigator of the Unit of Retinal Neurophysiology in 2007. His unit uses a variety of physiological and anatomical techniques to explore retinal synapses and circuits and their functions in vision.

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  • Shan Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
    (301) 451-1937

  • Jodie Pope, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    (301) 402-5459

  • Fengyu Qiao, Ph.D.
    Research Fellow
    (301) 402-2595

  • 1) Li, W., Chen S, DeVries, S.H. (2010)
  • A fast rod photoreceptor signaling pathway in the mammalian retina. Nature Neuroscience
  • 13(4):414-416
  • 2) Grimes, W.N., Li, W., Chavez, A.E., Diamond JS (2009)
  • BK channels modulate pre- and postsynaptic signaling at reciprocal synapses in retina
  • Nature Neuroscience 12(5):585-592
  • 3) Li, W., DeVries, S.H. (2006)
  • Bipolar cell pathways for color and luminance vision in a dichromatic mammalian retina
  • Nature Neuroscience 9:669-675
  • 4) DeVries, S.H., Li, W., Saszik, S.M. (2006)
  • Parallel processing in two transmitter microenvironments at the cone photoreceptor synapse
  • Neuron 50(5):735-748
  • 5) Li, W., DeVries, S.H. (2004)
  • Separate blue and green cone networks in the mammalian retina
  • Nature Neuroscience 7:751-756
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