PhD on melanopsin influences on vision - Determining melanopsin’s role in adjusting vision to ambient light (ESR 2).

A 3 year full-time PhD postion at the University of Manchester.

Among the most surprising recent discoveries in vision science is that rods and cones are not the only photoreceptors that we use to see. Melanopsin, a newly discovered photoreceptor in the inner retina, also appears to play an important supportive role in visual perception. We will apply the tools of modern experimental neuroscience in laboratory rodents to understand this role and to explore how that knowledge can be applied to improve lighting design.

Research will be under the supervision of Professor Robert Lucas in the Centre for Biological Timing, University of Manchester, with secondments planned at the Techinical University of Eindhoven and Arup.