Botond Roska, M.D., Ph.D.
Institute for Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel/Switzerland
Botond Roska is founding Director and Senior Group Leader at the Institute for Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB) and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and at the Faculty of Science at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He earned his MD in 1995 at the Semmelweis University of Medicine, Budapest, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. His research interests are in how neurons interact in local neuronal networks to compute behaviorally relevant functions. His lab uses the mammalian retina as a model system because the input, the dynamically changing light pattern, is well defined and can be easily manipulated experimentally. His experimental approach is interdisciplinary, combining physiological, molecular, viral and computational approaches to reveal the structure and function of retinal circuits.