Dr. Shai Sabbah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Neurobiology, the Faculty of Medicine, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Sabbah obtained his PhD at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON, Canada), and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University (Providence, RI), under the supervision of Prof. David Berson.
By studying the structure and function of genetically distinct retinal and brain circuits, Dr. Sabbah seeks to link the processing of brightness, contrast, color, and motion information to the behavior of animals.
Nowadays, Dr. Sabbah is particularly interested in the role of a unique family of retinal neurons – intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) – in light adaptation and the pathophysiology of depression. Work in his laboratory combines neural circuit reconstructions using light and electron microscopy, in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology and functional imaging, and behavioral analysis