Qian Huang (ESR01)

PhD student at University of Manchester

Country of residence
United Kingdom
Country of origin
Prof. Robert Lucas
Starting date
February 3, 2021

I am a full-time Ph.D. student, specializing in Neuroscience at the University of Manchester. My research will focus on how visual scene affects behavioural states in laboratory rodents. After I got a master’s degree in Neurology at Capital Medical University in China, it occurred to me that I preferred doing lab research to clinical practices, and I became more and more interested in light-related neurobiology. How is ambient light measured in the eye and translated by the brain into changes in motor action and mood? By addressing this question in laboratory rodents instead of studying humans alone, which are both exciting and challenging without doubt, we could find more mechanistic and fundamental solutions.

How visual scene affects rodents behaviour

The project will focus on how visual scene influences behavioural states in mammals, using electrophysiological and behavioural recordings of laboratory mice to map the brain’s response to light environment.



  • LIGHTCAP kick-off meeting, November 2020 (online)


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