Department of Biology
- Dr. Connaughton’s research interests encompass the disciplines of developmental biology (nervous system development) and neurobiology. Specifically, she is interested in examining the relation between visually-guided behaviors in larval teleosts and maturation of retinal neurons, circuits, and receptor mechanisms. She is also interested in examining how the development of neural connections could be altered due to mutations or drugs. She has performed experiments that address behavioral/ecological questions, as well as those that employ cell biology techniques to examine retinal circuitry in both developing and adult retinal tissue.
DegreesPhD, Marine Studies, University of Delaware
BS, Biology Bucknell
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Creative Activities and Research Support Award (2003-2004)
- Junior Faculty Teaching Release (2003)
- Senate Research Award (2000-2001)
- Mellon Fund Award (1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2002-2003)
- Intramural Research Training Award (1999)
- National Research Service Award (F-32) (1996-1998)
- Thomas H. Maren Fellowship (1996)
- Grass Foundation Fellowship (1995)
- National Eye Institute Fellowship (1994)
- American Fishery Society Student Travel Award (1993)
- University of Delaware Student Travel Award (1993)
- University of Delaware Graduate Student Women of Excellence Award (1992)
- Farsaii, M. and V.P. Connaughton. 2005. AII Amacrine Cells (19pgs). In Kolb, H., Fernandez, E., and Nelson, R. Webvision: The Neural Organization of the Vertebrate Retina. http://webvision.med.utah.edu
- Connaughton, V.P. 2005. The Vertebrate Retina, pp. 99-127, In Glutamate Receptors in Peripheral Tissues), S. Gill & O. Pulido (eds). Springer-Verlag. 420pp.
- Nelson, R. and V.P. Connaughton. 2003. Bipolar cell pathways in the vertebrate retina. In Kolb, H., Fernandez, E., and Nelson, R. Webvision: The Neural Organization of the Vertebrate Retina. http://webvision.med.utah.edu
- Connaughton, V.P. 1997. Glutamate and glutamate receptors in the vertebrate retina. In Kolb, H., Fernandez, E., and Nelson, R. Webvision: The Neural Organization of the Vertebrate Retina.http://webvision.med.utah.edu
- Tarboush, R.A., S.E. MacAvoy, S.A. Macko, and V.P. Connaughton. 2005. Catabolic replacement of tissue contributes to the turnover of stable isotopes in a fast-growing tropical fish. Canadian Journal of Zoology. In press.
- Connaughton, V.P., D. Graham, and R. Nelson. 2004. Identification and morphological classification of horizontal, bipolar, and amacrine cells within the zebrafish retina using the DiOlistic technique. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 477: 371-385.
- Connaughton, V.P. Zebrafish retinal slice preparation. 2003. Methods in Cell Science Special Issue: Zebrafish as a model system in neurobiology. In press
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