Miss Marina Gardasevic


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I am currently a 3rd year MRC-funded Doctoral Researcher in the Lucas Lab in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health. I am interested in the contribution of each ocular photoreceptor to responses to light; including circadian responses and vision. To address this I utilise a variety of in vivo techniques with rodent models and studies involving human participants and the lab's newly-developed five-primary visual display.

In addition to my research I am a Presidential Doctoral Scholar (PDS) and a STEM Ambassador where I participate in and organise public engagement activities with local schoolchildren.



2017 - Present: MRC DTP - The University of Manchester

2016 - MRes Biological Sciences (Distinction) - The University of Manchester

2015 - BSc Biology (First Class Honours) - Imperial College London


My first real taste of lab research was during the summer of my undergratduate degree where I volunteered in Dr Matthew Piper's lab at UCL's Institute of Healthy Ageing. Here I worked with Dr Adam Dobson on a project analysing the sexual dimorphism in midgut remodelling in response to diet in Drosophila. This experience ignited my passion for laboratory research and I knew then that I wanted to develop my lab and research experience.
I proceeded to study for a Masters by Research at the University of Manchester where I was able to work on two research projects: "Capsule Hereterogeneity in Uropathogenic E.coli" supervised by Prof Ian Roberts and "Determining the Impact of Diabetes on Macrophage Subset Population & Polarisation in Wounded Tissue" supervised by Dr Kimberly Mace. This variety gave me an appreciation for the bredth of techniques and experiences one can gain from research and I chose to do a PhD that would support this variety.
I am currently in my 2nd year of my PhD entitiled "Using Light to Promote Sleep & Circadian Rhythms" and am using a variety of techniques to address my research question, including in vivo rodent models, microscopy, in silico analyses and studies involving human participants.

I have also expanded my experience into public engagement alongside my research and am currently a STEM Ambassador. I love what research and science has given me and would like to share this with school children and encourage them to pursue careers in science.

Areas of expertise

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • Neuroscience, Vision, Melanopsin, Circadian

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Master of Research, Biological Sciences, The University of Manchester
  • 2015 - Bachelor of Science, Biology, Imperial College London

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