Carol Mason, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Carol Mason received her B.S. from Chatham College and Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mason is Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Neuroscience, and Ophthalmology, and a member of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University. She is co-director of the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, director of the Vision Sciences Training Program, and Chair of Interschool Planning. Dr. Mason is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Medicine, and she was President of the Society for Neuroscience from 2013-2014.


Jane Dodd, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Jane Dodd is the Vice Chair of the Department of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics and co-director of the Physiology Graduate Program at Columbia University.


Natalie Trotta
Academic Program Coordinator

Natalie works directly with Dr. Carol Mason and assists with all the administrative needs of the Mason-Dodd Lab.

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Sania Khalid
Lab Manager & Research Technician

Sania graduated from Barnard College in 2017 and was an undergraduate research assistant in the Mason Lab all four years. She is now the lab's full-time lab manager and research technician. Her research is focused on ipsilateral RGC neurogenesis in the albino and pigmented retina, and how Cyclin-D2 and the CMZ contribute to ipsilateral RGC fate.


Felix Fiederling, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Felix received his PhD from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2017. His previous work focused on axon guidance and mechanisms of growth cone adaptation and response to gradients. He is currently studying trans-synaptic connectivity between the periphery to dorsal spinal cord and commissural neuron targets.

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Nefeli Slavi
Postdoctoral Fellow

Nefeli received her PhD from the SUNY College of Optometry in 2018. Her previous work focused on the role of gap junction channels in the process of abnormal retinal angiogenesis. She is currently studying the role of pigment in cell fate specification


Melissa Lee
Graduate Student

Melissa is a graduate student in the Doctoral Program for Neurobiology and Behavior, co-mentored by Carol Mason and Mimi Shirasu-Hiza. She studies synapse growth and refinement in fragile X syndrome using the retinogeniculate system. 


Amy Vo
Undergraduate Student

Amy is a sophomore at Columbia University, studying Neurobiology and Behavior. She studies synapse development in the retinogeniculate system.