Student first name and last

Alejandro Vila

Entering class
2007
B.S. University of California at Los Angeles

M.S. University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston

Primary research interest
Vision

Thesis Lab
John O'Brien

Thesis Project
Unique localization of synaptic scaffolds in horizontal cell processes contacting photoreceptors

Recent publications
Alejandro Vila, Hiromasa Satoh, Carolina Rangel, Stephen L. Mills, Hideo Hoshi, John O'Brien, Daniel R. Marshak, Peter R. Macleish, and David W. Marshak . (2012) Histamine Receptors of Cones and Horizontal Cells in Old World Monkey Retina. JCN 520(3): 528–543

Salvatore L. Stella Jr., Alejandro Vila, Albert Y. Hung, Michael E. Rome, Uyenchi Huynh, Morgan Sheng, Hans-Juergen Kreienkamp, Nicholas C. Brecha. (2012) Association of Shank 1A Scaffolding Protein with Cone Photoreceptor Terminals in the Mammalian Retina. PLoS One 7(9): e43463. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043463


Qun-Fang Wan, Zhen-Yu Zhou, Pratima Thakur, Alejandro Vila, David M. Sherry, Roger Janz, Ruth Heidelberger. SV2 acts via Presynaptic Calcium to Regulate Neurotransmitter Release. Neuron (2010) 66(6):884-95

Yongchun Yu, Hiromasa Satoh, Alejandro Vila, Samuel M. Wu, and David W. Marshak (2010). Effects of Histamine on Light Responses of Amacrine Cells in Tiger Salamander Retina. Neurochemical Research (2010) Sep 28.

Qun-fang Wan, Alejandro Vila, Zhen-Yu Zhou, and Ruth Heidelberger
“Synaptic vesicle dynamics in mouse rod bipolar cells.”
Visual Neuroscience 25: 523–533 (2008)


Iona D. Raymond, Alejandro Vila, Uyen-Chi N. Huynh, Nicholas C. Brecha “Cyan fluorescent protein expression in ganglion and amacrine cells in a thy1-CFP transgenic mouse retina.”
Molecular Vision 14:1559-1574 (2008)


Salvatore L. Stella Jr., Stefanie Li, Andrea Sabatini, Alejandro Vila, Nicholas C. Brecha
“Comparison of the ontogeny of the vesicular glutamate transporter 3 (VGLUT3) with VGLUT1 andVGLUT2 in the rat retina”
Brain Research 1215: 20-29 (2008)


Salvatore L. Stella Jr., Wanda D. Hu, Alejandro Vila, and Nicholas C. Brecha “Adenosine Inhibits Voltage-Dependent Ca2+ Influx in Cone Photoreceptor Terminals of the Tiger Salamander Retina.”
Journal of Neuroscience Research 85:1126–1137 (2007)


Arlene A. Hirano, Johann Helmut Brandstätter, Alejandro Vila, and Nicholas C. Brecha
“Robust syntaxin-4 immunoreactivity in mammalian horizontal cell processes”
Visual Neuroscience 24, 489–502 (2007)

Contact Information
Alejandro.Vila@uth.tmc.edu