Publications in VIVO

von Bartheld, Christopher Professor of Physiology and Cell Biology


We are interested in the structure, development and plasticity of the central nervous system as well as extraocular muscles. We use modern quantitative methods to define the cellular composition of human and animal brains, and we analyze gene expression and employ proteomics to better understand how strabismic human eye muscles differ from normal human eye muscles, and why some common forms of strabismus are associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia. In collaboration with ophthalmologists, we have compiled one of the largest biobanks of normal and strabismic eye muscle tissues, and we are now defining gene expression profiles to understand and eventually manipulate the relationship between oculomotor abnormalities and schizophrenia. Our preliminary work indicates that the same growth factors and cytokines that are dysregulated in schizophrenia, are imbalanced in the developing extraocular muscles. This work may lead to novel treatments of strabismus and much earlier diagnosis of schizophrenia than is currently possible. 

Research Areas

selected publications

teaching overview

  • Course Coordinator and/or Block Director of Medical Neuroscience at the University of Nevada School of Medicine since 2001.

reviewer of

outreach overview

  • Founder and 2-term president of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

first name

  • Christopher

last name

  • von Bartheld