Carol Ann Mason, Ph.D.
Carol Mason is Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Ophthalmology at the College of Physicians & Surgeons,and a member of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, at Columbia University. She investigates visual system development. Her work has revealed molecular signals for the differentiation and guidance of retinal ganglion cells during the formation of the binocular circuit. She also investigates the albino visual system, in which the absence of pigment in the eye leads to a disruption of retinal ganglion cell neurogenesis, targeting, and consequently, stereovision. For her work on the developing visual system, she was a co-recipient of the 2016 Antonio Champalimaud Vision award. At Columbia, Carol is director of a NIH/NEI funded Vision Sciences Training Program, and Chair of Interschool Planning. She was President of the Society for Neuroscience 2013-2014, and is a member of the National Academies of Medicine and Science. She is currently a Simons Foundation Senior Fellow.