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PhD in Neuroscience: Vision and efference copy in Drosophila


   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Hanyang University, Seoul South Korea  

Prof Anmo J Kim 

Systems neuroscience, Vision, Efference copy, Drosophila

About the Project

We study neural circuit principles of vision and efference copy using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. Our research programs focus on two problems: (1) How do neural circuits in the small brain detect visual features such as optic flow and visual objects in different shapes and use that information to guide their navigation, and (2) how the behavioural and sensory contexts affect this sensory processing, especially via an efference copy mechanism. We aim to get at a system-level understanding of these brain functions by combining various experimental techniques such as electrophysiology, calcium imaging, optogenetics, and behavioural genetics. Another line of work in the lab involves developing computational models of the experimentally-derived neural algorithms, and thereby bringing new insights into engineering applications such as unmanned air vehicles (i.e., drones).

Candidate students are expected to have basic knowledge in sensory neuroscience and programming. From this research program, students will acquire knowledge on advanced experimental techniques in neuroscience as well as data analysis techniques.

Our University and Laboratory

Hanyang University is a private research university in Seoul, South Korea. In 2018, Hanyang was ranked 1st for the number of CEO alumni of venture companies. In 2019, QS World University Rankings ranked Hanyang University 150th. The university welcomes over 7,400 foreign students each year and more than 3,000 students study abroad annually.

Neural intelligence systems laboratory is affiliated with the following departments in Hanyang University: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electronic Engineering, and Department of Artificial Intelligence.

General requirements and application procedure

We are looking for highly motivated, creative students with an undergraduate or master degree in a relevant discipline (biology, neuroscience, cognitive science, and biomedical engineering or equivalent). Candidates should have experience in neuroscience and programming languages.

Applicants should send their cover letter, CV including relevant experience for the position and relevant academic courses, and transcripts, all in PDF format via e-mail to The applicants should also provide the names of at least two referees, one of whom must be their Master’s/Undergraduate supervisor. Information about the research details at professor Anmo Kim’s laboratory is available at the following:


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