James Cole graduated from The College of William and Mary in 2018. He joined the Neuroscience Graduate Program in July of that year. Following his interest in the visual system, James officially joined the Liu Lab in spring of 2019. His research primarily aims to further characterize the effects of neurodegenerative diseases in the ganglion cell layers of the retina. Since summer of 2019, he has headed a project that seeks to understand the deleterious effects of PAX6-related aniridia in mouse retina. Using a combination of established and novel imaging techniques, James hopes to characterize the origin, morphology, and progression of the disease in early development. Likewise, James aims to corroborate these phenotypic findings with functional and behavioral assays that will best demonstrate how aniridia induces worsening vision loss with age.