Seeing through the haze: developing optimal stimulation for bionic eyes

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Retinal prostheses aim to restore vision to those blinded by photoreceptor dystrophies. However, the level of vision provided by present devices is poor. This project uses an interdisciplinary approach of electrophysiology, computational modelling and detailed immunohistochemistry in animal models to (a) understand the factors that influence the efficacy of a retinal prosthesis (both from biological and bioengineering viewpoints) and (b) develop new stimulation strategies to improve the vision quality. Ultimately, the intention is to provide blind retinal implant recipients with improved artificial vision which will significantly improve their quality of life.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate(s) will have an undergraduate degree either in Science (with honours or equivalent, preferably with a Neuroscience background) or a degree in Biomedical Engineering. A basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as basic programming skills are essential. Experience in animal research and/or bionic devices will be highly favourable.
Supervisory team
Michael
Kalloniatis

Science
Optometry and Vision Science
Lisa
Nivison-Smith

Science
Optometry and Vision Science
Mohit
Shivdasani

Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
l.nivison-smith@unsw.edu.au