Wei Bio

Education and Training

  • B.S. 2002 University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Ph. D.   2003-2008  Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York 

  • Postdoc.  2008-2011 University of California , Berkeley 


  • 2003 George A. And Marjorie H. Anderson Fellowship, The Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
  • 2004-2008 Leslie C. Quick Fellowship, The Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • 2012 Brinson Foundation Award
  • 2012 Whitehall Foundation Grant
  • 2013 Sloan Research Fellowship
  • 2013 E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation Grant
  • 2014 Karl Kirchgessner Foundation Grant
  • 2014 National Eye Institute Research Project Grant (R01)
  • 2016 McKnight Scholar Award


  • Wei Wei. (2018). Neural Mechanisms of Motion Processing in the Mammalian Retina. Annual Review of Vision Science, 4(1), annurev-vision-091517-034048. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-vision-091517-034048
  • Qiang Chen, Wei Wei. "Stimulus-dependent engagement of neural mechanisms for reliable motion detection in the mouse retina". (Review) J Neurophysiol. 2018 Jun 13. doi: 10.1152/jn.00716.2017.https://www.physiology.org/doi/abs/10.1152/jn.00716.2017
  • Wei, W. "Compartmentalized dendritic signaling in a multitasking retinal interneuron." (Commentary) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 201715503 (2017). doi:10.1073/pnas.1715503114 http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/10/11/1715503114
  • David Koren, James Grove, Wei Wei.  "Cross-compartmental modulation of dendritic signals for retinal direction selectivity".  Neuron 2017. http://www.cell.com/neuron/abstract/S0896-6273(17)30642-6
  • Xuefeng Shi, Jad Barchini, Hector Acaron Ledesma, David Koren, Yanjiao Jin, Xiaorong Liu, Wei Wei and Jianhua Cang. 2017 "Retinal Origin of Direction Selectivity in the Superior Colliculus". Nat. Neurosci. 2017 doi: 10.1038/nn.4498  http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/nn.4498
  • Qiang Chen, Zhe Pei, David Koren, and Wei Wei. 2016 "Stimulus-dependent recruitment of lateral inhibition underlies retinal direction selectivity." eLife 2016; 10.7554/elife.21053   https://elifesciences.org/content/5/e21053
  • Zhe Pei, Qiang Chen, David Koren, Benno Giammarinaro, Hector Acaron Ledesma and Wei Wei. 2015 "Conditional Knock-Out of Vesicular GABA Transporter Gene from Starburst Amacrine Cells Reveals the Contributions of Multiple Synaptic Mechanisms Underlying Direction Selectivity in the Retina." J. Neurosci.  23 September 2015, 35(38): 13219-13232.
  • Jason W Triplett, Wei Wei, Cristina Gonzalez, Neal T Sweeney, Andrew D Huberman, Marla B Feller and David A Feldheim .2014  “Dendritic and Axonal Targeting Patterns of a Genetically-Specified Class of Retinal Ganglion Cells that Participate in Image-Forming Circuits.” Neural Development 2014 Feb 5;9:2. doi: 10.1186/1749-8104-9-2.
  • Michal Rivlin-Etzion, Wei Wei and Marla Feller. 2012 “Visual stimulation reverses the directional preference of direction selective retinal ganglion cells.” Neuron 76, 518-525
  • Wei Wei and Marla B. Feller. 2011 “Organization and development of direction selective circuits in the retina”. (Review) Trends in Neurosciences Dec;34(12):638-45. Epub 2011 Aug 26.
  • Michal Rivlin-Etzion, Kaili Zhou, Wei Wei, Justin Elstrott, Phong Nguyen, Ben Barres, Andrew Huberman, and Marla Feller. 2011 “Transgenic mice reveal unexpected diversity of On-Off direction selective retinal ganglion cell subtypes and brain structures involved in motion processing.”  J. Neurosci.  Jun 15; 31(24):8760-9.
  • Wei Wei, Aaron M. Hamby, Kaili Zhou, Marla B. Feller. 2011. “Development of asymmetric inhibition underlying retinal direction selectivity in the retina.” Nature  469(7330):402-6. (Highlighted in: Leonie Welberg. 2011. “Developmental neuroscience: Asymmetric inhibition”. Nature Reviews Neuroscience  12, 64-65.)
  • Wei Wei, Justin Elstrott, & Marla B. Feller. 2010. “Two-photon targeted recording of GFP-expressing neurons for light responses and live-cell imaging in the mouse retina.”  Nature Protocols 5, 1347– 1352.
  • Wei Wei, Louis N. Nguyen, Helmut W. Kessels, Hiroaki Hagiwara, Sangram Sisodia and Roberto Malinow. 2009. “Amyloid-Beta from Dendrites and Axons Reduces Local Spine Number and Plasticity.” Nature Neuroscience 13, 190 – 196.
  • Peter G. Fuerst, Freyja Bruce, Miao Tian, Wei Wei, Justin Elstrott, Marla B. Feller, Lynda Erskine, Joshua H. Singer, and Robert W. Burgess. 2009. “DSCAM and DSCAML1 Function in Self-Avoidance in Multiple Cell Types in the Developing Mouse Retina.” Neuron 64(4):484-97.
  • Huberman A*, Wei W*, Elstrott J*, Stafford B, Feller MB, Barres B. 2009. “Genetic identification of On-Off direction selective retinal ganglion cells reveals a layer specific subcortical map of posterior motion.” Neuron 62: 327-334. (* equal contribution).
  • Malinow R, Hsieh H, Wei, W. 2008. “Impact of beta amyloid on excitatory synaptic transmission and plasticity.”  In Research and Perspectives in Alzheimer's Disease 63-68 (Springer-Verlag Berlin, 2008).
  •  Kopec CD, Li B, Wei W, Boehm J, Malinow R. 2006. “Glutamate receptor exocytosis and spine enlargement during chemically induced long-term potentiation.” J. Neurosci. Feb 15;26(7):2000-9.
  • Croker BA, Metcalf D, Robb L, Wei W, Mifsud S, DiRago L, Cluse LA, Sutherland KD, Hartley L, Williams E, Zhang JG, Hilton DJ, Nicola NA, Alexander WS, Roberts AW. 2004. “SOCS3 is a critical physiological negative regulator of G-CSF signaling and emergency granulopoiesis.” Immunity 20(2):153-65.