2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: Vicky Rogers
Mentor: E.J. Chichilnisky, Ophthalmology and Neurosurgery

The goal of Victoria’s research project is to contribute to the development of advanced artificial retinas for treating blindness. Current devices stimulate retinal neurons to produce crude artificial vision; however, the unintended activation of many neurons of diverse types limits their usefulness for patients. Victoria’s work is aimed at developing specific electrical stimulation patterns in the laboratory that can reduce this problem and eventually improve clinical outcomes.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2016:

Optimizing Single-Cell Activation in Epiretinal Prostheses to Restore Vision in People Blinded by Photoreceptor Diseases

Victoria H. Fan1,2, Lauren E. Grosberg1,2, E.J. Chichilnisky1,2
[Department of Neurosurgery1 and Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory2, Stanford University]