Professor and Chair
Office Location: AC-4E03G
Degree Institution Field Dates PhD Boston University School of Medicine Anatomy & Neurobiology AB Smith College Psychology/Neuroscience
Dr. MacNeil joined the York College faculty in 2000. She is interested in the neuroanatomy of the vertebrate retina. The goal of her current research is to identify microcircuits between neurons that synapse in the inner plexiform layer of the retina.
Areas of Expertise
- Retinal Neurobiology
Articles in Field Of Expertise
Lomber SG, Cornwell P, Sun J-S, MacNeil MA and Payne BR. "Reversible inactivation of visual processing operations in middle suprasylvian cortex of the behaving cat." Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 91 1994: 2999-3003.
Lomber SG, MacNeil MA and Payne BR. "Amplification of thalamic projections to middle suprasylvian cortex following ablation of immature primary visual cortex in the cat." Cerebral Cortex. 5 1995: 166-191.
MacNeil MA, Lomber SG and Payne BR. "Rewiring of transcortical projections to middle suprasylvian cortex following early removal of cat areas 17 and 18." Cerebral Cortex. 6 1996: 362-376.
Payne BR, Lomber SG and MacNeil MA; Cornwell P. "Evidence for greater sight in blindsight following damage of primary visual cortex early in life." Neuropsychologia. 34 1996: 741-774.
MacNeil MA, Einstein G and Payne BR. "Transgeniculate signal transmission to middle suprasylvian cortex in intact cats and following early lesions of areas 17 and 18: a morphological approach." Experimental Brain Research,. 114 1997: 11-23.
MacNeil MA, Lomber SG and Payne BR. "Thalamic and cortical projections to middle suprasylvian cortex of cats: constancy and variation." Experimental Brain Research. 114 1997: 24-32.
MacNeil MA and Masland RH. "Extreme diversity among amacrine cells: Implications for function." Neuron. 20 1998: 971-982.
MacNeil MA, Heussy J, Dacheux RA, Raviola E, Masland RH. "The shapes and numbers of amacrine cells: matching of photofilled with Golgi-stained cells in the rabbit retina and comparison with other mammalian species." Journal of Comparative Neurology. 413 1999: 305-326.
Keyser KT, MacNeil M, Dmitrieva N, Wang F, Masland R Lindstrom JM. "Amacrine, ganglion, and displaced amacrine cells in the rabbit retina are express nicotinic acetylcholine receptors." Visual Neuroscience. 17 2000: 743-752.
Rockhill RL, Daly, F, MacNeil MA, Brown SP, and Masland RH. "The diversity of ganglion cells in a mammalian retina." Journal of Neuroscience. 22 2002: 3831-3843.
MacNeil MA, Heussy JK, Dacheux. RF, Raviola E, Masland RH. "The population of bipolar cells in the rabbit retina." Journal of Comparative Neurology. 472 2004: 73-86.
MacNeil MA. "Biocytin wide-field bipolar cells in rabbit retina selectively contact blue cones." Journal of Comparative Neurology. 506 2008: 73-86.
MacNeil MA, Purrier S, Rushmore RJ. "The Composition of the inner nuclear layer of the cat retina." Visual Neuroscience. 26 2009: 365-374.
Arsov I, Adebayo A, Kucerova-Levinsohn M, Haye J, MacNeil MA, Papavasiliou FN, Yue Z, Ortiz BD. "A role for autophagic protein Beclin 1 early in lymphocyte development.." Journal of Immunology. 2011: in press.
Chapters in Field Of Expertise
MacNeil MA, Brown SP, Rockhill RL and Masland RH. "Cell mosaics and neurotransmitters." Principles and Practices of Ophthalmology: Basic Sciences. 2000: .
Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances
" The impact of visual cortex lesions on the retina " September 2010: Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Texas Medical Center.
" Cell types of the inner retina and the methods used to reveal them " July 2010: Bridges to Science Program, York College.
" Degeneration of beta ganglion cells in development leads to selective death of cells in the inner nuclear layer " April 2009: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
" A Faculty Grant Writing Workshop " March 2010: York College.
" Using Case Studies to Teach Science " November 2009: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, York College.
" Cell types of the inner retina and the methods used to reveal them " October 2007: Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Boston University.
" Cell types of the inner retina and the methods used to reveal them " December 2005: Department of Biology, City College, CUNY.
" Making Sense of the Retina. " October 2005: Department of Biology, Smith College.
NIGMS, The shape and circuitry of neurons in the retina. 04/01/09 - 03/31/2013: $300,000.
NIGMS, The shape and circuitry of neurons in the retina. Supplement.. 09/30/09-05/31/11: $77,750.
PSC-CUNY 40, Inner nuclear layer cells affected by early damage to primary visual cortex. 07/01/09 – 12/31/10: $2,700.
PSC-CUNY 39, Organization of the cat inner nuclear layer following damage to primary visual cortex.. 07/01/08 – 12/31/09: $4,800.
NIGMS, The shape and circuitry of neurons in the retina. 06/01/04 – 03/31/09: $594,378.
PSC-CUNY 38, Gap junctions and the wide-field bipolar cell in the rabbit retina.. 07/01/07 – 06/30/08: $5,500.
PSC-CUNY 37, Amacrine cell input to direction selective ganglion cells.. 07/01/05 – 06/30/06: $3,800.
PSC-CUNY 36, Amacrine cell input to direction selective ganglion cells.. 07/01/04 – 06/30/05: $5,500.
NIGMS, The shape and circuitry of neurons in the retina. 08/01/01 – 05/31/04: $350,000.
Other Professional Activities and Public Service
Ad hoc reviewer, Brain Research: .
Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Comparative Neurology: .
Ad hoc reviewer, Experimental Brain Research: .
Ad hoc reviewer, Experimental EyeResearch: .
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Ad hoc reviewer, Visual Neuroscience: .