My first degree was in Natural Sciences, followed by a PhD in Vision Science (University of Cambridge). After post-doctoral positions in Chicago, New York, Cambridge and London, I took my first lectureship at Durham University and moved from there to the University of Oxford, where I am currently an Associate Professor in Perception and Tutorial Fellow at Pembroke College. In 2011 I was awarded the Applied Vision Association’s David Marr Medal.
My research focuses on the neural computations that underlie visual perception. How are the signals from the three classes of cone photoreceptors processed to give rise to our perceptions of colour? What are the neural circuits of comparison and combination that permit the efficient transmission of visual information from retina to cortex? My group specialises in perceptual experiments with adult human observers, but we collaborate with physiologists, computer scientists and physicists to inform and constrain our interpretations of perceptual data. The interdisciplinary nature of Vision Science has sparked further collaborations with humanities scholars on the lost legacies of Medieval scientific thought.