David Zenisek PhD

Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Departments & Organizations

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

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Cellular & Molecular Physiology: Membrane Protein Sorting and Trafficking | Neurobiology and Physiology of Synapses | Cell to Cell Communication | Physiology and Integrative Medical Biology Track | Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Research Interests

Physiology and cell biology of the presynaptic terminal; Retinal Bipolar Neuron; Synaptic Terminal; Synaptic Ribbons; Vesicle Transport; Exocytosis; Endocytosis


  • Ph.D., State University of New York , 1998

Selected Publication

  • Mehta, B., Snellman, J., Chen, S., Li, W. and Zenisek, D. (2013) Synaptic ribbons influence the size and frequency of miniature-like evoked postsynaptic currents. Neuron, 77:516-527 PMCID: PMC3569740