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Anna L Vlasits, PhD

Assistant Professor

Director, Vlasits Lab

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


Anna Vlasits, PhD is a neurobiologist studying how the neurons in the retina work together to extract visual information about the world and how retinal function is altered in the context of neurodiversity and disease. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley with advisor Marla Feller, where her work focused on how neurons in the retina detect motion. She did postdoctoral research with Thomas Euler at the University of Tuebingen, Germany and with Tiffany Schmidt at Northwestern University. In Tuebingen, she studied how motion and color are extracted by retinal neurons using imaging and computational methods to extract population-level information at subcellular scale. Her work at Northwestern explored altered visual processing and behavior in a mouse model of Fragile X syndrome. Dr. Vlasits's research has been recognized with awards from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, L'Oreal/UNESCO prize for women in science, and the Grass Foundation.

Dr. Vlasits’s lab studies neural function in the retina in health and disease using advanced microscopy methods.


PhD in Neuroscience: University of California Berkeley
Research Fellowship in Ophthalmology and Neuroscience: University of Tübingen, Germany
Research Fellowship in Neurobiology: Northwestern University