Jianhua 'JC' Cang Associate Professor

Research Summary

Functional Development of Mammalian Visual System

The overall goal of our research is to study how precise and selective patterns of neuronal connections are established during development to ensure the normal functioning of the visual system. Using the mouse visual system, we are currently pursuing two related lines of research. First, we have recently demonstrated that normal visual experience during a critical period in early life drives the matching of eye-specific orientation preference in the visual cortex. We are now working to understand the receptive field basis and synaptic mechanisms that underlie this binocular matching process and its temporal regulation. Second, we continue to study how retinotopic maps in the visual cortex and superior colliculus are developed and how these topographically precise connections shape individual receptive fields and contribute to visual motor integration.