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Visual function from the retina to the cortex

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  • Full or part time
    Dr E Roesch
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

"Conventional wisdom limits the function of the retina to the mere capture of static pixel images that are than transmitted to the brain for further processing. The goal of the project is to challenge this idea by investigating the link between structure and function in the neural networks of visual function, from the retina to the cortex. This is an interdisciplinary project that requires skills and knowledge in empirical neuroscience, applied mathematics and programming. Candidates that have a strong background in at least two of these three fields are welcome to apply, if they are enthusiastic about the third.
Part of the project may involve mathematical modelling, which is particularly accommodating for transitions from physics, engineering, etc. into the life sciences. We will also place a strong focus on gathering and describing real-world data; depending on the student’s aptitude and preference, the candidate may be given the opportunity to engage with ongoing electrophysiological experimentation directly relevant to this project (ERG, EEG, EEG-fMRI, fMRI), in our lab and with collaborators in the UK and internationally. Additionally, the candidate will be granted access to the cluster of NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and other facilities at the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, as well as at the Brain Embodiments Laboratory."

Funding Notes

2(i) or above in Biology, Psychology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Philosophy and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience


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