- Senior Investigator, Synaptic Physiology Section
Dr. Diamond received his B.S. from Duke University in 1989 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco in 1994, where he studied excitatory synaptic transmission in the retina with David Copenhagen. During a postdoctoral fellowship with Craig Jahr at the Vollum Institute, he investigated the effects of glutamate transporters on excitatory synaptic transmission in the hippocampus. Dr. Diamond joined NINDS as an investigator in 1999, was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering in 2000 and was promoted to senior investigator in 2007. His laboratory explores the dynamics and modulation of transmitter release, diffusion and receptor activation at excitatory and inhibitory synapses in the mammalian CNS.
- (2016). NMDA Receptors Multiplicatively Scale Visual Signals and Enhance Directional Motion Discrimination in Retinal Ganglion Cells. NEURON. 89(6), 1277-1290.
- (2016). Requirement for Microglia for the Maintenance of Synaptic Function and Integrity in the Mature Retina. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE. 36(9), 2827-2842.
- (2016). Retinal Circuitry Balances Contrast Tuning of Excitation and Inhibition to Enable Reliable Computation of Direction Selectivity. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE. 36(21), 5861-5876.
- (2016). Species-specific wiring for direction selectivity in the mammalian retina. NATURE. 535(7610), 105-+.
- (2015). Complex inhibitory microcircuitry regulates retinal signaling near visual threshold. JOURNAL OF NEUROPHYSIOLOGY. 114(1), 341-353.