Alecia K. Gross, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Vision Sciences

Contact Information:
Office - (205) 975-8396 
Fax    - (205) 975-7394 

Physical Address:
906 Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building

Mailing Address:
906 Shelby Building
1825 University Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35294-2182

Biographical Sketch:


B.S. - University of New Hampshire
Ph.D. - Brandeis University

Secondary Appointments:

Assistant Professor, Cell Biology
Associate Scientist, Vision Science Research Center 
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Faculty, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute


 McAlear SD, Kraft TK, Gross AK.  Rhodopsin mutations in congenital night blindness.  Chapter in Recent Advances in Retinal Degeneration, Volume 614, Anderson, LaVail, Hollyfield, eds Adv. Exp. Med. Bio. (10) 664:263-72 PMID: 20238025.

Gross AK, Wensel TG.  Biochemical cascade of phototransduction.  Chap. 18 in 11th edition Adler’s Physiology of the Eye, Kaufman and Alm, eds. Mosby Press, St. Louis, MO. In publication

Gross AK, Wang Q, Wensel TG.  Regulation of photoresponses by phosphorylation.  Chap. 6 in Barnstable C.J., Tombran-Tink, J., eds., Visual Transduction and Non-Visual Light Perception, Humana Press, Towtowa NJ pp. 125-140.

Zeitz C*, Gross AK*, Leifert D, Kloeckeber-Gruissem B, McAlear SD, Lemke J, Neidhardt J, Berger W.  Identification and functional characterization of a novel rhodopsin mutation associated with autosomal dominant CSNB. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (08) 49:4105-14 PMID:  18487375. *indicates authors contributed equally.

Gross AK, Decker G, Chan F, Sandoval IM, Wilson JH, Wensel TG.  Defective development of photoreceptor membranes in a mouse model of recessive retinal degeneration.  Vision Research.  2006 Dec;46(27):4510-8.

Wensel TG, Gross AK, Chan F, Kyle K, Wilson J.  Rhodopsin-EGFP Knock-ins for Imaging Quantal Gene Alterations.  Vision Research.  2005 Dec;45(28):3445-53.

Madabushi S, Gross AK, Philippi A, Meng EC, Wensel TG, Lichtarge O.  Evolutionary trace of G protein-coupled receptors reveals clusters of residues that determine global and class-specific functions. The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2004 Feb 27 279(9):8126-32.

Gross AK, Rao VR, Oprian DD. Characterization of rhodopsin congenital night blindness mutant T94I. Biochemistry. 2003 Feb 25 42(7):2009-15.

Gross AK, Xie G, Oprian DD. Slow binding of retinal to rhodopsin mutants G90D and T94D. Biochemistry. 2003 Feb 25 42 (7):2002-8.

Xie G, Gross AK, Oprian DD. An opsin mutant with increased thermal stability. Biochemistry. 2003 Feb 25 42 (7):1995-2001.

Gross, AK. (2002) Rhodopsin Congenital Night Blindness Mutants T94I and G90D.  Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Biochemistry, Brandeis University.

Dr Jillian Meadows presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series
Sponsored by the UAB VSRC, the Helen Keller Art show honors students with visual impairments for their artistic abilities and creative works.
Vision Science PhD trainee Katie Bales presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series


UAB School of Optometry
1716 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35233
P: (205) 975-2020



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