Carol Ann Mason

Carol Ann Mason, PhD


Regular Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology, Neuroscience, and Opthalmology Columbia University

New York, New York United States



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.

Neuroscience Sub-Discipline
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience
Disorders of the Nervous System
Neural / Synaptic Structure and Function
Neuroregeneration and Repair
Sensory Systems Neuroscience
Cell and Tissue Transplantation
Cell Culture
Genetic Models and Techniques
Histochemistry and Tracing
Imaging (microscopy)
Molecular Approaches
Species: Vertebrate
Research Areas
Neural Excitability, Synapses and Glia
Neurodegenerative Disorders and Injury
Sensory Systems

Awards & Fellowships

Award NameAward Participant StatusEnd Date
Mika Salpeter AwardWinner12/31/2017

SfN Service History

CommitteeTitleMember Status
Public Information CommitteeMemberPast
Program CommitteeEx OfficioPast
Nominating CommitteeMemberCurrent
Nominating CommitteeChairpersonPast
Neuroscience Policy Working GroupMemberPast
JNeurosci Editorial BoardAssociate EditorPast
Jacob P. Waletzky Award Selection CommitteeChairpersonCurrent
History of SfN Working GroupMemberPast
Executive CommitteeEx OfficioPast
Executive CommitteeChairpersonPast
Executive CommitteeEx OfficioPast
CouncilPresident ElectPast
CouncilPast PresidentPast
Committee on Women in NeuroscienceMemberPast
Committee on CommitteesMemberCurrent
Audit CommitteeEx OfficioPast