Only listed are those that were carried out predominantly in the lab. For a complete listing see Pubmed.


Schmidt, T. M., Alam, N. M., Chen, S., Kofuji, P., Li, W., Prusky, G. T., & Hattar, S. (2014). A Role for Melanopsin in Alpha Retinal Ganglion Cells and Contrast Detection. Neuron, 82(4), 781–788. (Link)

LeGates, T. a., Fernandez, D. C., & Hattar, S. (2014). Light as a central modulator of circadian rhythms, sleep and affect. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, (June). (Link)


Chen, S.-K., Chew, K. S., McNeill, D. S., Keeley, P. W., Ecker, J. L., Mao, B. Q., … Hattar, S. (2013). Apoptosis regulates ipRGC spacing necessary for rods and cones to drive circadian photoentrainment. Neuron, 77(3), 503–15. (Link)

Joo, H. R., Peterson, B. B., Dacey, D. M., Hattar, S. & Chen, S.-K. Recurrent axon collaterals of intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells. Vis. Neurosci. 1–8 (2013). (Link)


Legates, T.A., Altimus, C.M., Wang, H., Lee, H.K., Yang, S., Zhao, H., Kirkwood, A., Weber, E.T., Hattar, S. 2012. Aberrant light directly impairs mood and learning through melanopsin-expressing neurons. Nature 491:594-598. (Link)


Schmidt, T. M., Chen, S.-K., & Hattar, S. 2011. Intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells: many subtypes, diverse functions. Trends in Neurosciences, 34(11), 572–80. (Link)

Chen, S.K., Badea, T.C., and Hattar, S. 2011. Photoentrainment and pupillary light reflex are mediated by distinct populations of ipRGCs. Nature 476, 92-5. (Link)

McNeill, D.S., Sheely, C.J., Ecker, J.L., Badea, T.C., Morhardt, D., Guido, W., and Hattar, S. 2011. Development of melanopsin-based irradiance detecting circuitry. Neural Development 6:8. (Link)

Matos-Cruz, V. et al. Unexpected diversity and photoperiod dependence of the zebrafish melanopsin system. PLoS One 6, e25111 (2011). (Link)

LeGates, T. a, & Altimus, C. M. (2011). Measuring circadian and acute light responses in mice using wheel running activity. Journal of Visualized Experiments : JoVE, (48), 1–9. (Link)


Altimus, C.M., Güler, A.D., Alam, N.M., Arman, A.C., Prusky, G.T., Sampath, A.P., Hattar, S. 2010. Rod photoreceptors drive circadian photoentrainment across a wide range of light intensities. Nature Neuroscience 13:1107-12. (Link)

Ecker, J.L., Dumitrescu, O.N., Wong, K.Y., Alam, N.M., Chen, S.K., LeGates, T., Renna, J.M., Prusky, G.T., Berson, D.M., Hattar, S. 2010. Melanopsin-expressing retinal ganglion-cell photoreceptors: cellular diversity and role in pattern vision. Neuron 67, 49-60. (Link)


Badea, T.C., Cahill, H., Ecker, J., Hattar, S., Nathans, J., 2009. Distinct roles of transcription factors brn3a and brn3b in controlling the development, morphology, and function of retinal ganglion cells. Neuron, 61, 852-64. (Link)


Altimus, C.M., Güler, A.D., Villa, K.L., McNeill, D.S., Legates, T.A., Hattar, S., 2008. Rods-cones and melanopsin detect light and dark to modulate sleep independent of image formation. PNAS, 105, 19998- 20003. (Link)

Güler, A.D., Ecker, J.L., Lall, G.S., Haq, S., Altimus, C.M., Liao, H.-W., Barnard, A.R., Cahill, H., Badea, T.C., Zhao, H., Hankins, M.W., Berson, D.M., Lucas, R.J., Yau, K.-W., Hattar, S., 2008. Melanopsin cells are the principal conduits for rod–cone input to non-image-forming vision. Nature, 453, 102-5. (Link)


Güler, A. D., Altimus, C. M., Ecker, J. L. & Hattar, S. Multiple photoreceptors contribute to nonimage-forming visual functions predominantly through melanopsin-containing retinal ganglion cells. Cold Spring Harb. Symp. Quant. Biol. 72, 509–515 (2007). (Link)


Hattar, S., Kumar, M., Park, A., Tong, P., Tung, J., Yau, K.-W., Berson, D.M. 2006. Central projections of melanopsin-expressing retinal ganglion cells in the mouse. J Comp Neurol. 497:326-49. (Link)


Hattar, S., Lucas, R.J., Mrosovsky, N., Thompson, S., Douglas, R.H., Hankins, M.W., Lem, J., Biel, M., Hofmann, F., Foster, R.G., and Yau, K.-W., 2003. Melanopsin and Rod–Cone Photoreceptive Systems Account for All Major Accessory Visual Functions in Mice. Nature 424, 76-81. (Link)

Lucas, R.J., Hattar, S., Takoa, M., Berson, D.M., Foster, R.G., and Yau K.-W. 2003. Diminished Pupillary Light Reflex at High Irradiances in Melanopsin-Knockout Mice. Science 299:245–247. (Link)


Hattar, S.,* Liao, H.,* Takao, M., Berson, D. M. & Yau, K. Melanopsin-containing retinal ganglion cells: architecture, projections, and intrinsic photosensitivity. Science. 295, 1065–70 (2002). (Link)