Bill Harris

Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge

How It Grows: The Retina

1:00 pm, Friday 12 February 2016

Location: The Sherrington Lecture Theatre, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Sherrington Building

Abstract: The seminar will describe recent experiments that uncover some of the possible principles and biological mechanisms that ensure that neural structures reach their appropriate sizes and cellular compositions in the face of tremendous cell-to-cell variability in progenitor clonal output.

Biography: Bill Harris was born in Toronto in 1950 and studied biophysics as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his PhD in Neurobiology with Seymour Bezer at Caltech in 1976 and was a postdoctoral fellow with David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel at Harvard until 1980. He was on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego, between 1980 and 1997, when he moved to Cambridge as Professor of Anatomy and Head of the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. Harris is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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