Z. Jimmy Zhou, PhD

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

Departments & Organizations


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

Faculty Research

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology: Ion Channels, Pumps and Transporters; Organ Physiology | Neuroscience: Development; Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience; Neuropharmacology; Neurophysiology; Sensory Systems

Office of Cooperative Research

Education & Training

PhD University of Houston (1989)
MSc University of Houston (1984)
BS Fudan University (1982)
Postdoctoral Fellow UCLA

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Z. Jimmy Zhou, PhD
Office Location
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science300 George Street, Ste Suite 8100D
New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual ScienceYale University School of Medicine
300 George Street, Suite 8100

New Haven, CT 06510
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On the cover: Motion and motion direction, illustrated here by the movement of six pool balls in a "starburst shot," are first detected in the retina by a synaptic circuit involving starburst amacrine cells (shown with Lucifer yellow filling). In this issue, Lee et al. show that starburst cells corelease ACh and GABA onto direction-selective ganglion cells at spatially symmetric cholinergic and spatially asymmetric GABAergic synapses, respectively. The cholinergic transmission facilitates motion detection, while the GABAergic transmission mediates direction selectivity.