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Dr Martina Wicklein
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
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. 
Academic Background
1994   Doctor of Philosophy Universitat Tubingen
1989   Diplom Universitat Bayreuth
    ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
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