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NVRI Administration

The NVRI administration team welcomes email enquiries to admin@nvri.org.au

Professor Michael Ibbotson

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.

email : mibbotson@nvri.org.au

Dr Hamish Meffin

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 Molis Yunzab

Dr Molis Yunzab
LEW Carty Lions Fellow

Molis completed her Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with Honours at the Australian National University in 2010, majoring in Neuroscience and Genetics. During her honours year, she studied the role of neurotransmitters in shaping receptive field properties of large secondary neurons in the dragonfly ocellus through electrophysiological recordings. She moved to Melbourne in 2011 as part of the Ibbotson lad and started her PhD at the National Vision Research Institute and the Optometry and Vision Sciences Department of Melbourne University. Since the completion of her PhD in 2015, which was focused on studying the receptive field properties of neurons in primary visual cortex, she has been continuing her investigation on the mammalian visual cortex through in vivo electrophysiological recordings using both extracellular and intracellular techniques.

 

Dr Wei Tong

Dr Wei Tong
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Wei completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of China (USTC) in 2012, majoring in applied physics. She then moved to Australia to persue a PhD in the School of Physics at The University of Melbourne. Since her PhD, she has focussed on the fabrication and optimization of diamond electrodes for neural stimulation. Upon completion of her PhD in 2016, she has continued her research at the NVRI. Current research involves testing the visual acuity of diamond devices in vitro by recordings made from retinas and determining the stimulation strategies to provide the optimal visual acuity from the prototype device.

Dr Ali Almasi

Dr Ali Almasi
Dr Post-Doctoral Fellow

Ali completed a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering at The University of Tehran, Iran in 2009. He then obtained a Master of Science in biomedical engineering from The Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2012, where he acquired expertise in statistical signal and image processing. He then was introduced to neuroscience research and moved to Australia in 2013 to undertake a PhD at The University of Melbourne. In 2015 Ali joined the National Vision Research Institute (NVRI) team to carry out the experimental aspects of his project. Since completion of his PhD in 2017, he has been appointed a post-doctoral research fellow at the NVRI funded by an NHMRC Project Grant. His research interests include computational theories for understanding how neurons in the early visual pathway learn to encode visual information.  

Mitchell Crawford

Mitchell Crawford
Laboratory Technician & Admin Support

Mitchell joined the NVRI in December 2017 and assists all research efforts by providing essential technical and administrative support.

Dr Matias Maturana

Dr Matias Maturana
Honorary 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. At the NVRI, 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. 

 

Artemio Soto-Breceda

Artemio Soto-Breceda
Honorary Post Doctoral Fellow

Artemio submitted his PhD thesis in August 2018 and is continuing to support the NVRI on related research projects.

Students

Scott Sun

Scott Sun
PhD candidate

Scott commenced his PhD studies in March 2016 focussing on a cortical research project.

Young-Jun Jung

Young-Jun Jung
PhD candidate

Jason commenced his PhD studies in early 2017 focussing on a cortical research project.

In 2018 he became the Director of the Mentoring Portfolio for the Melbourne Interdisciplinary Students Society of Neuroscience at The University of Melbourne.

Maryam Hejazi

Maryam Hejazi
PhD candidate

Maryam is an international student from Iran and commenced her PhD studies with the NVR in late 2017 focussing on a retinal research project with Dr Wei Tong.

Kabir Sikder

Kabir Sikder
PhD candidate

Samira Falahatdoost

Samira Falahatdoost
PhD candidate

Samira commenced her PhD studies in October 2018 focussing on a retinal project with Dr Wei Tong.