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Dr Martina Wicklein

Dr Martina Wicklein

Associate Professor (Teaching)

Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
28th Sep 2015

Research summary

Our experience of the external world is created from simple physical cues. Our rich perception of colour, for instance, is based on the output of only 3 photoreceptor types. To study the neuronal basis of colour vision I use bumblebees as animal models. Bumblebees are trichromats like humans and can perceive a wide variety of colours. In bees, individual colour-sensitive neurons can be electrophysiologically characterized while presenting patterns of different colours. Results from the study of neural networks of colour-sensitive neurons in the brain can be related to behavior, thus gaining insights into the mechanisms of colour perception. 

Education

University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow |
Universitat Tubingen
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1994
Universitat Bayreuth
First Degree, Diplom | 1989
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