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Frans  Vinberg

Phone: (801) 585-7371
Office: Moran Eye Center, S3140

Frans Vinberg

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Doctor of Science, D.Sc.


Neurobiology of the retina and vision

Current Research

Dark adaptation in primate/human retina during normal aging and disease (age-related macular degeneration, AMD).
The role of Calcium homeostasis in retinal pigment epithelium and photoreceptor physiology.

Selected Publications

Vinberg F, Wang T, De Maria A, Zhao H, Bassnett S, Chen J, Kefalov VJ, The Na+/Ca2+, K+ exchanger NCKX4 is required for efficient cone-mediated vision. Elife 2017 Jun 26;6:

Vinberg F, Wang T, Molday RS, Chen J, Kefalov VJ, A new mouse model for stationary night blindness with mutant Slc24a1 explains the pathophysiology of the associated human disease. Hum Mol Genet 2015 Oct 15;24(20):5915-29

Vinberg F, Turunen TT, Heikkinen H, Pitkänen M, Koskelainen A, A novel Ca2+-feedback mechanism extends the operating range of mammalian rods to brighter light. J Gen Physiol 2015 Oct;146(4):307-21

Vinberg F, Kefalov V, Simultaneous ex vivo functional testing of two retinas by in vivo electroretinogram system. J Vis Exp 2015 May 6;(99):e52855

Zhou Z, Vinberg F, Schottler F, Doggett TA, Kefalov VJ, Ferguson TA, Autophagy supports color vision. Autophagy 2015;11(10):1821-32

Palczewska G, Vinberg F, Stremplewski P, Bircher MP, Salom D, Komar K, Zhang J, Cascella M, Wojtkowski M, Kefalov VJ, Palczewski K, Human infrared vision is triggered by two-photon chromophore isomerization. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2014 Dec 16;111(50):E5445-54

Vinberg F, Kolesnikov AV, Kefalov VJ, Ex vivo ERG analysis of photoreceptors using an in vivo ERG system. Vision Res 2014 Aug;101:108-17

Heikkinen H, Vinberg F, Nymark S, Koskelainen A, Mesopic background lights enhance dark-adapted cone ERG flash responses in the intact mouse retina: a possible role for gap junctional decoupling. J Neurophysiol 2011 May;105(5):2309-18