Prof Robert Lucas BSc, PhD

GSK Chair in Neuroscience

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Photoreception is one of our key sensory capacities. It forms the basis of vision and of numerous sub-conscious reflex responses to light. My laboratory studies how mammals use their three types of photoreceptor (rods, cones and melanopsin) to tell time of day and to see. We also study the light sensitive proteins that support photoreception in animals (opsins), with the aim of understanding how they work and exploiting them for optogenetic purposes.

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