Lab News

Theo receives the Fall 2023 Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Award from the

McPherson Eye Research Institute

Dec, 2023

Congratulations Theo !

Our first connectomics paper mapping synapses and circuits in the primate retina now out  !

Nov, 2023

Congratulations Aindrila, Juan, Kainat, Haoshen, PJ and our collaborator Dr. Hoon  for this awesome effort ! 

Please click on the link below to learn more about how the first synapse in the night vision pathway changes its organization across regions in the primate retina.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589004223021909

Collaborative paper with Hoon lab out in Current Biology !

Sept, 2023

Congratulations Aindrila! 

Please click on the link below to learn more about this exciting collaborative study spearheaded by Mrinalini Hoon’s lab, on how sensory deprivation impacts synapse and circuit maturation in the retina

 

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(23)01167-3

Aindrila wins the best poster prize at the FASEB photoreceptor conference !

June, 2023

Congratulations Aindrila for receiving the best poster prize at the FASEB Biology and Chemistry of Vision conference !

Haoshen awarded the Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship

April, 2023

Theo joins the lab for PhD ! 

Jan, 2023

Theodore Bucci, a student in the biophysics graduate program joins the lab for PhD thesis research.  Welcome Theo!

Aindrila awarded the inaugural Distinguished Paper Award !

Dec, 2022

Congratulations Aindrila for being the recipient of the McPherson Eye Research Institute’s distinguished paper award !

Jenna awarded the vision research training grant !

Dec, 2022

Congratulations Jenna for being awarded a pre-doctoral spot in the T32 Vision Research Training Program!

Sinha lab at SFN 2022 in San Diego

June, 2022

Aindrila, Kainat and Juan present posters. Raunak chaired a minisymposium.

Aayush joins the lab  ! 

Oct, 2022

Aayush Goud is a freshman undergrad majoring in Neurobiology  at UW Madison. He is interested in neural circuits. Welcome Aayush!

 

Haoshen joins the lab  ! 

Aug, 2022

Haoshen Zhai is an undergrad majoring in Neurobiology  at UW Madison. He is interested in synapse function. Welcome Haoshen!

 

Sinha lab at the Faseb retinal neurobiology conference  

June, 2022

Jenna’s poster abstract selected for short talk. Abhilash and Jenna present posters.

Preview of our recent study in Cell Stem Cell  !  

March, 2022

https://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/fulltext/S1934-5909(22)00056-X

UW Madison press release on our recent study in Cell Stem Cell  !  

Feb, 2022

https://www.med.wisc.edu/news-and-events/2022/february/photoreceptor-cells-replicate-key-vision-function/

Aindrila’s first author paper on human stem cell derived retinal organoids is out in Cell Stem Cell  !  

Feb, 2022

Congratulations!! Please click on the link below to learn more about this exciting collaborative study with David Gamm’s lab, where we show how closely photoreceptors in retinal organoids mimic the physiology and function of primate photoreceptors in vivo.

https://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/fulltext/S1934-5909(22)00002-9

Sinha Lab awarded a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program ! 

Feb, 2022

https://www.med.wisc.edu/news-and-events/2022/february/wpp-new-investigator-program-awards-2022/

Andrew joins the lab for PhD ! 

Jan, 2022

Andrew Schultz, a student in molecular and cellular pharmacology graduate program joins the lab for PhD thesis research.  

Jenna receives the Fall 2021 Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Award from the

McPherson Eye Research Institute

Dec, 2021

Kamila joins the lab  ! 

Nov, 2021

Kamila Mizerska joins the Sinha and Hoon labs for post-doc. Welcome Kamila!

Andy joins the lab  ! 

September, 2021

Andrew Miller recently completed his PhD in Neuroscience at UW Madison. He joins our lab for post-doc and is interested in studying circuit computations in the retina. Welcome Andy!

Collaborative study on GABA receptor switch during retinal development out in Current Biology  ! 

August, 2021

Please click on the link below to learn more about this exciting collaborative study between the Hoon and Sinha Labs!

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982221010496

Connor joins the lab  ! 

August, 2021

Connor Lafeber is an undergrad double majoring in Neurobiology and Computer Science at UW Madison. He is interested in photoreceptor signaling. Welcome Connor!

Juan joins the lab  ! 

July, 2021

Juan Zuniga recently completed his undergraduate studies in UChicago with a major in neurobiology. He joins our lab as a research intern. Welcome Juan!

Kainat joins the lab  ! 

May, 2021

Kainat Mian is an undergrad double majoring in Neurobiology and Life Science Communications at UW Madison. She joins our lab to explore her research interests in retinal signaling. Welcome Kainat!

Jenna featured as the young researcher in focus  ! 

April, 2021

Jenna featured as the young researcher in focus by the European ‘Gateway for Vision Research’.

Congrats Jenna!!

Jenna’s first author paper in eLife is out  ! 

April, 2021

Congratulations!! Please click on the link below to learn about the role of presynaptic inhibition in synapse and circuit function in the retina.

https://elifesciences.org/articles/60994

Aindrila receives the 2021 Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Award from the

McPherson Eye Research Institute

March, 2021

Abhilash’s first author paper in Cell Reports is out  ! 

Feb, 2021

Congratulations!! Please click on the link below to know more about novel mixed GABA-Glycine synapses in the retina.

https://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(21)00172-8

Sapan joins the lab  ! 

Nov, 2020

Sapan Gupta is a recent UW Madison graduate in computer science. He joins our lab to help us with our software needs for electrophysiology and two-photon imaging.

Serial block face SEM installation in progress at WIMR!

July, 2020

Abhilash receives the 2020 Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Award from the

McPherson Eye Research Institute

May, 2020

Paul awarded a Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship

May, 2020

Aindrila joins the lab for PhD ! 

Feb, 2020

Aindrila Saha, a student in cellular and molecular biology graduate program joins the lab for PhD thesis research.   

Preview by A. Sampath and Y.R. Peng of our Neuron paper ! 

Jan, 2020

LRRing the Rules: Synapse Organization in the Primary Rod Pathway. 

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0896627320301501

Paper out in Neuron ! 

Jan, 2020

Role of a synaptic adhesion molecular, LRRTM4, in retinal synapse function and assembly. 

https://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(19)31094-3

Jenna joins the lab for PhD ! 

Jan, 2020

Jenna Nagy, a student in cellular and molecular pathology graduate program joins the lab for PhD thesis research.   

A Preview by Raunak in Biophysical Journal 

Dec, 2019

Shining light on the mode and mechanism of vesicular release at rod photoreceptor synapse

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpj.2019.12.009

Raunak receives endowed professorship 

Nov, 2019

Raunak appointed the first David and Nancy Walsh Family Professor in Vision Science at UW Madison

https://vision.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2019/11/Oct-2019-newsletter-email-version.pdf

Abhilash receives poster prize

Oct, 2019

Abhilash receives runner-up prize in the poster competition at the annual MERI vision science poster session

Sinha Lab is awarded a research grant from The Alcon Research Institute! 

July, 2019

Paul receives a Sophomore Research Fellowship

May, 2019

         Paul’s application was selected to receive a 2019-2020 Sophomore Research Fellowship at UW Madison. Paul receives his award from the UW Madison Chancellor Dr. Rebecca Blank.

 

A multi-PI effort led by Mrinalini Hoon receives a

UW2020 award for a serial block face SEM

May, 2019

A collaborative effort (including Raunak as a Co-PI) led by Mrinalini Hoon (Dept. of Ophthalmology) receives funding from the UW2020 WARF Discovery Initiative for acquiring a serial block face scanning electron microscope.

https://research.wisc.edu/funding/uw2020/round-5-projects/imagining-third-dimension-nanometer-resolution/

Xiao graduates ! 

May, 2019

Xiao graduates with a degree in Computer Science from UW Madison. He will soon be moving to Japan to pursue a career in software development. Thanks Xiao for all your contributions.

Sinha Lab is awarded a research grant from The BrightFocus Foundation! 

April, 2019

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Sinha Lab is awarded a research grant from

The E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind, Inc.! 

Jan, 2019

An Innovative Approach To Vision Research

Paul joins the Lab ! 

Jan, 2019

Paul J Derr is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Neurobiology and Psychology. He is  interested in understanding how biophysical mechanisms in the retina ultimately result in a holistic perception.

Blue cone signaling paper out in eLife ! 

Jan, 2019

          Study illustrating how blue cone photoreceptors differ from red and green cones in their response

properties out in eLife (link)

Abhilash wins Poster Prize !

Oct 16, 2018

         Abhilash is the runner up in Poster Presentation Competition at the 10th annual McPherson Eye Research Institute Vision Science poster session. 

Xiao joins the Lab ! 

Sept, 2018

Xiao Zhang is doing his undergraduate studies at UW Madison and majoring in Computer Science. He will help us with our software needs for electrophysiology and two-photon imaging.

Vrushali leaves for post-doc at NIH !

Aug, 2018

Thank you Vrushali for all your help in setting up Sinha and Hoon Lab. She joins the NIH/NEI for a post-doctoral position.

Our first electrophysiology rig takes shape !

Aug, 2018

Two-photon laser and the microscope get installed. Now the work begins.

Austin joins the Lab !

Aug, 2018

Austin joins us from Colorada as a Research Specialist who will help us with both lab and research work

Yash joins the Lab !

May, 2018

Yash Gokhale is doing his undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering and is interested in studying signal processing. 

Vrushali joins the Lab !

May, 2018

Vrushali Agashe recently completed her PhD thesis at UW Madison in Immunology and joins our lab as a Research Specialist. 

Abhilash joins the Lab !

April, 2018

Abhilash Sawant, a PhD student in the Physiology training program joins the Sinha Lab for his thesis work on understanding the role of synaptic inhibtion in retinal function. He will be co-mentored by Mrinalini Hoon in the Dept. of Ophthalmology at UW Madison.