Growing up with a passion for nature and art, Carol A. Mason never initially considered a life of scientific research on cells and molecules and leading a lab. Fast forward to today, and Dr. Mason is one of the world’s leading experts in the study of the visual system. Her research explores how nerve cells in our eyes grow and connect to the brain, allowing us to see. Her own eye for form and natural talent in drawing and photography have played a role in her discoveries of how neurons extend from the eyes and make their way to their specified destinations deep in the brain. This work could lead to new therapies to restore vision to the blind.
Please join this discussion with Carol Mason about how her leanings toward art turned into a lifelong path within the realm of science, noting the steps along the way that led her to becoming an authority on the development of the mammalian visual system.