University of Southern California Department of Biomedical Engineering The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering USC
Biju Thomas, Ph.D.

Address:   USC Vision Research Center
                 1355 San Pablo Street, Suite 401
                 Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone:      (323) 442-6691
Fax:          (323) 442-6755


Dr. Thomas received his Ph.D in behavioral neuroscience from the Department of Zoology, University of Kerala, India in 1997. In January 2001, he joined the retinal transplant program at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Louisville, KY as a Postdoctoral fellow to perform behavioral and electrophysiological evaluation of visual function in rodents. In 2002 he moved to the newly founded USC Retina Institute and continued his post doctoral studies on visual functional evaluations in rodents. In 2006 he was appointed as an Assistant professor of Ophthalmology at USC Eye Institute, USC

Research Activities:

Brain-stem electrophysiology (superior colliculus recording)
Visual behavioral testing
Electric stimulation of the visual system
Neural plasticity
Stem cell based therapies

Clinical Interests: 

Retinitis Pigmentosa
Age-Related Macular Degeneration


Seiler MJ, Thomas BB, Chen Z, Arai S, Chadalavada S, Mahoney MJ, Sadda SR, Aramant RB. BDNF-treated retinal progenitor sheets transplanted to degenerate rats - Improved restoration of visual function. Exp Eye Res 2008; 86: 92-104

Qiu G, Seiler MJ, Thomas BB, Wu K, Radosevich M, Sadda SR. Revisiting Nestin Expression in Retinal Progenitor Cells in vitro and after transplantation in vivo Exp. Eye Res. 2007;84:1047-1059

Thomas BB, Seiler MJ, Aramant RB, Samant D, Qiu G, Vyas N, Arai S, Chen Z, Sadda SR. Visual functional effects of constant blue light in a retinal degenerate rat model. Photochem Photobiol 2007;83:1-7

Thomas BB, Samant DM, Seiler MJ, Aramant RB, Sheikholeslami S, Zhang K, Chen Z, Sadda SR. Behavioral evaluation of visual function of rats using a visual discrimination Apparatus. J Neurosci Methods 2007;162:84-90.

Seiler MJ, Sagdullaev BT, Woch G, Thomas BB, Aramant RB. Transsynaptic virus tracing from host brain to subretinal transplants. Eur J Neurosci 2005;21:161-172.