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Botond Roska

Short CV

  • MD: Semmelweis Medical School, Budapest
  • PhD: University of California Berkeley Harvard Society Fellow,
  • Harvard University and Harvard Medical School
  • Group leader, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel


CV of Botond Roska [pdf]

Scientifc Interest

To understand the structure and function of retinal circuits. Restore photosensitivity to retinas in retinal degeneration using cell type specific targeting of optogenetic tools.


  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

Key Publications

  1. Lagali PS, Balya D, Awatramani GB, Münch TA, Kim DS, Busskamp V, Cepko CL, Roska B.
    Light-activated channels targeted to ON bipolar cells restore visual function in retinal degeneration.
    Nat Neurosci. 2008 Jun;11(6):667-75. Epub 2008 Apr 27.
  2. Viney TJ, Balint K, Hillier D, Siegert S, Boldogkoi Z, Enquist LW, Meister M, Cepko CL, Roska B.
    Local retinal circuits of melanopsin-containing ganglion cells identified by transsynaptic viral tracing.
    Curr Biol. 2007 Jun 5;17(11):981-8. Epub 2007 May 24.
  3. Werblin F, Roska B.
    The movies in our eyes.
    Sci Am. 2007 Apr;296(4):72-9.
  4. Roska B, Werblin F.
    Rapid global shifts in natural scenes block spiking in specific ganglion cell types.
    Nat Neurosci. 2003 Jun;6(6):600-8.
  5. Roska B, Werblin F.
    Vertical interactions across ten parallel, stacked representations in the mammalian retina.
    Nature. 2001 Mar 29;410(6828):583-7.
  6. Roska B, Nemeth E, Orzo L, Werblin FS.
    Three levels of lateral inhibition: A space-time study of the retina of the tiger salamander.
    J Neurosci. 2000 Mar 1;20(5):1941-51.
  7. Roska B, Nemeth E, Werblin FS.
    Response to change is facilitated by a three-neuron disinhibitory pathway in the tiger salamander retina.
    J Neurosci. 1998 May 1;18(9):3451-9.
Botond Roska
Botond Roska

Research Group

Friedrich Miescher Institute



Friedrich Miescher Institute

Maulbeerstrasse 66
4058 Basel

Phone: +41 (61) 69 78 575
Fax: +41 (61) 697-3976

Email: botond.roska[at]
Website: Botond Roska / Neurobiology

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