I am interested in the work done by the eye and the brain to analyse the visual world and support visual perception. I'm particularly interested in the way that basic properties of networks of nerve cells at each level of the visual pathway determine visual sensitivity. In physiological experiments the functional properties of individual neurons and groups of neurons are studied. In perceptual experiments the sensitivity of human observers is studied. I use computational models to link these two sets of observations.
My research focuses on understanding how the brain adjusts to sensory experience. The nervous system adapts to the environment over a wide range of timescales. This plasticity has been parcelled into distinct categories of study (i.e. adaptation, perceptual learning) each emphasising distinct timescales and phenomenology. My principle aim is to investigate how the visual system adapts to changes in the visual environment at multiple timescales and to understand whether distinct forms of plasticity are mediated by the same or different neuronal mechanisms.
UCL-Birkbeck MRC DTP PhD student
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BBSRC LiDO PhD rotation student (collaboration with Kate Jeffery and Caroline Brennan, Queen Mary, London)
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BBSRC LiDO PhD student (collaboration with Robert Hindges, Kings College, London)
Using anatomical and physiological approaches to understand the central visual pathway in a mouse model of retinal disorganisation.
OTHER ACTIVE COLLABORATIONS
- Kate Jeffery, UCL
- Aman Saleem, UCL
- Keith Phillips, Lilly
- Rachael Pearson, UCL
- Jack Wells and Mark Lythgoe, CABI, UCL
- Adam Kohn and Amir Aschner, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Paul Martin and Sander Pietersen, University of Sydney
- Rory Townsend and Pulin Gong, University of Sydney