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Professor Michael Ibbotson
Director of the NVRI
Professor Michael Ibbotson was recruited as the Director of the National Vision Research Institute in 2010 and started in the position in July 2011. Professor Ibbotson carried out his PhD in the field of visual neuroscience at Queen Mary, University of London.
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Dr Hamish Meffin
Senior Research Fellow,funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.
Dr. Hamish Meffin is trained in mathematics, physics and neuroscience. For over ten years he has worked in theoretic and experimental neuroscience in cross-disciplinary institutions such as the Bionic Ear Institute, Australia, and the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Germany. His research at NVRI involves two main themes: 1) combining theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding how neural circuits in the brain give rise to visual perception, and 2) the development a bionic eye to restore vision to people with degenerate diseases of the retina.
Dr Yan Wong received his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2009, for work on the design and development of a vision prosthetic microchip and novel electrode organizations for current focusing. For his postdoctoral work, he joined the Center for Neural Science at New York University studying the role of spike-LFP interactions in the parietal cortex on movement planning, as well as developing a Brain Machine Interface for high-dimensional upper limb control. Yan is now a part of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department at the University of Melbourne and NVRI working on the development of neural prosthetics and the understanding of neural circuit dynamics.
Dr Markus Hietanen
Dr Markus Hietanen completed his Bachelor of Science degree, Graduate Diploma in Psychology and PhD in Neuroscience at the Australian National University.
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Post Doctoral Fellow
Matias completed a Bachelor of Arts/Science at the University of Melbourne in 2006 and subsequently went on to complete a Masters of Engineering (Electrical) in 2012. During his Masters, Matias worked part-time at Bionic Vision Australia doing computational modelling of the intrinsic properties of retinal ganglion cells. His interest in visual neuroscience led him to begin his PhD in 2013, where he is looking at improving stimulation strategies for the bionic eye implant. Matias completed a PhD in Engineering (Electrical) in 2016. Since 2011, he has been working on the bionic eye project modelling properties of retinal ganglion cells, the output neurons of the retina. Currently, he is investigating improved stimulation strategies of bionic vision. His work involves electrically stimulating retinal ganglion cells with multielectrode arrays and developing mathematical models that relate the responses to the electrical stimulus.