Orson Moritz

Degrees / Credentials



Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UBC


Full Member

Dr. Moritz originally completed his PhD with Robert Molday at UBC, which was biochemistry/mol biol-oriented, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut with David Papermaster, which was more cell-biology oriented, in both cases studying photoreceptor cells. In Connecticut, he developed transgenic X. laevis as a tool for investigating photoreceptor cell biology, and has utilized this system since his appointment at UBC in 2002.

Contact Info

604 875 4357
Lab Manager
Beatrice Tam
Lab Email
Lab Phone
604 875 4648
Mailing Address
UBC/VGH Eye Care Centre
2550 Willow Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3N9

Research Information

Dr. Mortiz studies the cell biology of rod and cone photoreceptors, including their normal function, and their misfunction and degeneration in disease states such as retinitis pigmentosa, using genetically modified animals.



  • Neurodegeneration
  • advanced microscopy techniques
  • in-vivo imaging
  • signal transduction
  • membrane proteins
  • cell death mechanisms