Z. Jimmy Zhou PhD

Marvin L. Sears Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Neurobiology; Vice Chairman and Director of Research, Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program


Cellular & Molecular Physiology: Physiology and Integrative Medical Biology Track | Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Research Interests

Physiology and development of the mammalian retina under normal and pathological conditions; Organization and function of retinal synapses and circuits more...


  • BS, Fudan University, 1982
  • M.Sc., University of Houston, 1984
  • Ph.D., University of Houston, 1989

Selected Publications

  • Lee S, Kim K, Zhou ZJ. Role of ACh-GABA cotransmission in detecting image motion and motion direction. Neuron, 68:1159-1172, 2010.
  • Zheng J, Lee S, Zhou ZJ. A transient network of intrinsically bursting starburst cells underlies the generation of retinal waves. Nature Neurosci, 9(3):363-71, 2006.
  • Lee S and Zhou ZJ. The synaptic mechanism of direction selectivity in distal processes of starburst amacrine cells. Neuron, 51:787-99, 2006.



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