June 2023

Congratulations Jake for receiving a F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral NRSA award from the NEI!

May 2023

Thank you NIH/NEI for a R21 grant in support of our collaborative project with the Sinha Lab on postnatal retinal maturation.

April 2023

Jake is accepted into the 2023 Cold Spring Harbor course Vision: A Platform for Linking Circuits, Perception & Behavior!

April 2023

Our review on understanding retinal circuits through EM connectomics is now out! Read the article at:

March 2023

Mrinalini honored with a 2023-24 Vilas associates award! Read the announcement at:

January 2023

Thank you McPherson ERI for a RP research award in support of our research understanding inner retinal alterations imposed by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).

December 2022

Jake is awarded a second year in the T32 Vision Research Training Program.

December 2022

Thank you RPB (Research to Prevent Blindness) for granting Mrinalini a Career Advancement Award!


November 2022

Thank you McPherson ERI for a Kenzi Valentyn vision science award in support of the research being performed by graduate student Serena.

October 2022

Thank you McPherson ERI for a Walsh research travel award to support Jake’s presentation at the 2022 Society for Neuroscience meeting.

April 2022

Serena receives the graduate student scholarship award!


Congratulations Jake on being accepted into the Vision Research Training Curriculum (VRTC) T32 program!


Congratulations Briana on receiving 2021-2022 funding from the Neuroscience training program (NTP) T32 grant!


Our work uncovering how early GABA receptors organize and establish presynaptic inhibitory circuits in the retina is now out in Current Biology. Read more about this exciting work at:

JUNE 2021

Is there a Müller glia coupled amacrine cell in the retina? Check out our collaborative paper in the Journal of Neuroscience to read more about this fascinating new amacrine cell:

APRIL 2021

Congratulations to Tae Ji Lee for securing a Hilldale research fellowship to study how early visual cues can regulate organization of inner retinal circuits.

MARCH 2021

Our work uncovering a new motif of ‘mixed’ inhibition on ON alpha retinal ganglion cells is now out in Cell Reports. Check out this article at:


Thank you to the National Institutes of Health and National Eye Institute for supporting our lab research with a R01 grant.

JULY 2020

The serial block face scanning electron microscope is being installed at the SMPH EM facility.

Lab equipment photo.

March 18, 2020

Our research elucidating a novel role of LRRTM4 for organization and function of the dim-light retinal circuit is now out in Neuron. Check out our paper at the following link:

March 18, 2020

Preview of our LRRTM4 retina research featured in the articleLRR-ning the Rules: Synapse Organization in the Primary Rod Pathway.” Check out the preview at the following link:

March 2020

The serial block face scanning electron microscope is ready to be installed at the SMPH EM facility. This equipment was funded by the UW2020 WARF Discovery initiative with Mrinalini Hoon as PI. More details about this award and project can be found at the following link:

October 2019

Hoon Lab presented a poster at the Society for Neuroscience 2019 meeting in Chicago. Abhilash Sawant presented his data on inhibitory synapse organizations across dendrites of ON alpha retinal ganglion cells.

April 19, 2019

Julie Wallin awarded the 2019-2020 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship for her research project studying maturation of amacrine-bipolar circuits in the mouse retina.

April 12, 2019

Julie Wallin presents at the UW Madison Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Julie Wallin in front of her symposium presentation.

October 16, 2018

Abhilash Sawant wins poster presentation award at the 10th annual McPherson Eye Research Institute Vision Science poster session.