Our research interests are focused on the specific pathways
in the retina providing the reception and processing of color.
Based on samples from our research
this site here adresses some of the fascinating topics
of vision science and visual ecology
Please check chapters on the left and links to related sites.
If you have further questions please
do not hesitate to contact us.
The image formed in the eye's optical system is projected on the photosensitive receptor mosaic in the retina (the neuronal layers). Retinas of mammals (including humans) have characteristic sets of photosensitive cells serving as spectral sensors.
Studying the morphology, topography and circuitryof color specific cone photoreceptor subtypes will help us to understand the initiation of color processing occurring in parallel to other visual parameters.
provides an overview
on (our) research
on the organization and evolutionary adaptations
of spectrally sensitive photoreceptors in mammals
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Comparative Studies on "specialists" among mammalian species provide insights in the effects of light environments, specific life styles for organization of the eye's sensory and neuronal layers.
We therefore are continuously asking appropriate institutions such as zoos, wild life mamangements to donate eyes of deceased specimens - in particular from rare species - for our growing study collection.
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Understanding retinal design may ultimately allow to support patients with vision impairments or even with complete blindness by neuroprosthetic devices
at various sites
along the pathway of vision including the prominent visual centers of the brain.
Our group participated in the
EC-sponsored project CORTIVIS, investigating the key problems related of a neuroprosthetic approach directed to the visual cortex.