Greg D. Field


Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurobiology

My laboratory studies how the retina processes visual scenes and transmits this information to the brain.  We use multi-electrode arrays to record the activity of hundreds of retina neurons simultaneously in conjunction with transgenic mouse lines and chemogenetics to manipulate neural circuit function. We are interested in three major areas. First, we work to understand how neurons in the retina are functionally connected. Second we are studying how light-adaptation and circadian rhythms alter visual processing in the retina. Finally, we are working to understand the mechanisms of retinal degenerative conditions and we are investigating potential treatments in animal models.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurobiology
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Bryan Research Building, 311 Research Drive Room 427D, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: (919) 681-7503
  • Email Address:


  • Ph.D. University of Washington, 2004

Courses Taught

  • NEUROBIO 393: Research Independent Study
  • NEUROBIO 793: Research in Neurobiology
  • NEUROSCI 493: Research Independent Study 1
  • NEUROSCI 494: Research Independent Study 2
  • NEUROSCI 495: Research Independent Study 3

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Wu, EG; Rudzite, AM; Bohlen, MO; Li, PH; Kling, A; Cooler, S; Rhoades, C; Brackbill, N; Gogliettino, AR; Shah, NP; Madugula, SS; Sher, A; Litke, AM; Field, GD; Chichilnisky, EJ, Decomposition of retinal ganglion cell electrical images for cell type and functional inference., bioRxiv (2023) [10.1101/2023.11.06.565889] [abs].
  • Dyballa, L; Rudzite, AM; Hoseini, MS; Thapa, M; Stryker, MP; Field, GD; Zucker, SW, Population encoding of stimulus features along the visual hierarchy. (2023) [10.1101/2023.06.27.545450] [abs].
  • Duncker, L; Ruda, KM; Field, GD; Pillow, JW, Scalable Variational Inference for Low-Rank Spatiotemporal Receptive Fields., Neural Comput, vol 35 no. 6 (2023), pp. 995-1027 [10.1162/neco_a_01584] [abs].
  • Ellis, EM; Paniagua, AE; Scalabrino, ML; Thapa, M; Rathinavelu, J; Jiao, Y; Williams, DS; Field, GD; Fain, GL; Sampath, AP, Cones and cone pathways remain functional in advanced retinal degeneration., Curr Biol, vol 33 no. 8 (2023), pp. 1513-1522.e4 [10.1016/j.cub.2023.03.007] [abs].
  • Roy, S; Wang, D; Rudzite, AM; Perry, B; Scalabrino, ML; Thapa, M; Gong, Y; Sher, A; Field, GD, Large-scale interrogation of retinal cell functions by 1-photon light-sheet microscopy., Cell Reports Methods, vol 3 no. 4 (2023) [10.1016/j.crmeth.2023.100453] [abs].