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Dr Martina Wicklein
  • Senior Teaching Fellow
  • 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
1989 Dipl. Diplom – Biology Universitat Bayreuth
  FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Academic studies in Higher Education University College London
1994 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Neurobiology Universitat Tübingen
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