Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 21:56:36



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


Melanopsin ganglion cells are intrinsically photosensitive ganglion cells in the mammalian retina. These cells mediate aspects of non-image forming vision to help regular circadian rhythm. Glaucoma is an eye disease involving an increase in intraocular pressure that has been linked to irregular circadian rhythm. This project will investigate the impact glaucoma has on these melanopsin ganglion cells at different pathological timepoints. This will be performed by using dissection, immunohistochemistry, and computer imaging methods to visualize, trace, and measure the cells’ morphologies in both control and glaucomatous retinas at different timepoints of disease to analyze if glaucoma has a significant effect on the cells.

Research Sponsor

Jordan M. Renna

First Reader

Qin Liu

Second Reader

Rolando J. J. Ramirez

Honors Faculty Advisor

Brian Bagatto

Keenan Honors Document Signatures (1).pdf (879 kB)
Cover sheet with signatures

KeenanHonorsSignaturesFinal.pdf (179 kB)
Final Manuscript Signatures



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