Michael Berry, Ph.D.

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Current Program Year: Grad 4
Current Student, Physiology and Pharmacology Graduate Program, School of Medicine
M.D./Ph.D. Program Students, School of Medicine


Research Interests: Population of light sensitive cells in the retina responsible for non-image forming behaviors such as circadian rhythm, hormone regulation, and pupillary light reflex; retinal electrophysiology and diabetes

Education and training

B.A., 2012, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., 2016, University of California, Berkeley

Honors and awards

ARCS Scholar, 2018
F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellowship


Selected publications

Berry MH, Holt A, Levitz J, Broichhagen J, Gaub BM, Visel M, Stanley C, Aghi K, Kim YJ, Trauner D, Flannery J, Isacoff EY.Restoration of patterned vision with an engineered photoactivatable G protein-coupled receptor. Nat Commun. 2017 Nov 30;8(1):1862. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-01990-7. PMID: 29192252  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-01990-7

Gaub BM, Berry MH, Holt AE, Isacoff EY, Flannery JG. Optogenetic Vision Restoration Using Rhodopsin for Enhanced Sensitivity. Mol Ther. 2015 Oct;23(10):1562-71. doi: 10.1038/mt.2015.121. Epub 2015 Jul 3. PMID:  26137852

Gaub BM, Berry MH, Holt AE, Reiner A, Kienzler MA, Dolgova N, Nikonov S, Aguirre GD, Beltran WA, Flannery JG, Isacoff EY. Restoration of visual function by expression of a light-gated mammalian ion channel in retinal ganglion cells or ON-bipolar cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Dec 23;111(51):E5574-83. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1414162111. Epub 2014 Dec 8. PMID  25489083

Berry, M.H., Holt, A., Levitz, J., Salari, A., Veit, J., Visel, M., Aghi, K., Gaub, B.M., Sivyer, B., Flannery, J. and Isacoff, E.Y. Restoration of high-sensitivity and adapting vision with a cone opsin. Nat Commun. 2019 Mar 15;10(1):1221.