PhD, Neuroscience, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
BA, Psychology, Southwestern University
- Dr. Kothmann received his PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where he studied signal transduction pathways that mediate adaptive reorganization of retinal circuits in response to changes in the visual environment (e.g. a room getting brighter or darker). He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke before joining the Biology Department at American University, where he currently teaches various biology courses as well as upper-level and graduate neuroscience courses. When not teaching he continues to investigate how plasticity in retinal circuit organization mediates visual adaptation. Undergraduates interested in learning about visual neuroscience at the molecular and cellular level should enquire about summer research opportunities and/or the 5-year combined BS/MS degree program in Biology.