Is our retina really upside down?

We are delighted that our “my word” piece on retinal orientation is now out in Current Biology. The piece is dedicated to the late Mike Land FRS

“Non-Telecentric 2P microscopy” paper out @Nature Comms

F. K. Janiak, P. Bartel, M. R. Bale, T. Yoshimatsu, E. Komulainen, M. Zhou, K. Staras, L. L. Prieto-Godino, T. Euler, M. Maravall & T. Baden (2022). Non-telecentric two-photon microscopy for 3D random access mesoscale imaging. Nature Communications 13, 544 (2022)

New paper on amacrine cells on bioRxiv

Wang X§, Roberts PA, Yoshimatsu T, Lagnado L*§, Baden T*§. Amacrine cells shape retinal functions while dynamically preserving circuits for colour vision. bioRxiv doi:

Congratulations Dr. John!

Congratulations to Dr John Bear for passing his PhD viva!

Boehringer Ingelheim-FENS Research Award 2022

We are honored to share this year’s Boehringer Ingelheim-FENS Research Award with Prof. Tatjana Tchumachenko

Two new papers

We are delighted to see two related papers on spectral coding in outer and inner retina come out on the same day!

New lab member

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Chiara Fornetto to the lab

New paper about cone-integration on bioRxiv

Bartel P, Yoshimatsu T, Janiak FK, Baden T§. Spectral inference reveals principal cone-integration rules of the zebrafish inner retina. bioRxiv doi: 10.1101/2021.08.10.455697....

Paper on ribbon-tuning now out at eLife

Schroeder C$, Oesterle J, Berens P*, Yoshimatsu T*, Baden T*$. Distinct Synaptic Transfer Functions in Same-Type Photoreceptors. eLife 10:e67851.

New review on colour vision in the water

We are delighted to see this review on show zebrafish process “colour” published in Current Biology

Congratulations Dr. Mingyi!

Congratulations to DR Mingyi Zhou for passing her PhD viva!

New lab members

We are pleased to welcome to Eira and Carola to the lab.

Eira is part of the new Leverhulme DTC on biomimetic AI at Sussex. She will be doing her PhD on individual differences in zebrafish vision. Her project is co-supervised by Jenny Bosten from Sussex Psychology.

Carola is a new MarieCurie Fellow, and she will work on “Colour vision in the dark”, using the frog visual system as a model.

New online talk on colour vision

Many thanks again to Young IBRO for inviting us to give the inaugural talk in their new “NextInNeuro” webinar series! The recording from our talk “Retinal Circuits for Colour Vision: From Fish to Humans” available online.

New paper on colour processing the brain

We are delighted to see Philipp’s latest paper formally published!

Bartel P$, Janiak FK, Osorio D, Baden T$. Colourfulness as a possible measure of object proximity in the larval zebrafish brain. Current Biology 31(5): R235-6.

New preprint on ribbon-tuning!

We are excited to share our new preprint on #ioRxiv: “Eye-Region Specific Ribbon Tuning Supports Distinct Modes of Synaptic Transmission in Same-Type Cone-Photoreceptors”.

New Research Centre on Sensory Neuroscience and Computation

We are excited to announce the founding of SNAC, the Sussex Centre for Sensory Neuroscience and Computation. With this move, we bring together 27 research-focused labs from all across campus into a consolidated effort to study the fundamental underpinning of sensation and neuronal computation. Follow us on, and @Sussex_SNAC (Twitter).

Congratulations Dr. Max!

Congratulations to Dr. Maxime Zimmermann for passing his viva!

Congratulations Dr. Phil!

Congratulations to DR Philipp Bartel for passing his PhD viva!

New preprint on colour processing in the zebrafish brain

The brain’s bulk spectral response encodes object colourfulness, which may serve as a proxy for object distance

Open Hardware efforts featured @Nature Magazine

We are delighted that several of our efforts to promote the use of Open Hardware in research in education were featured in a recent Nature Technology Feature by Sandeep Ravindran.

New zebrafish colour vision paper on bioRxiv

Near-optimal rotation of colour space by zebrafish cones in vivo.

Yoshimatsu T, Bartel P, Schroeder C, Janiak FK, St-Pierre F, Berens P, Baden T. bioRxiv doi: direct link. pdf.

Vertebrate Vision: Lessons from non-model species. Special Issue out now

The special review issue on “Vertebrate Vision: Lessons from non-model Species” is now out in Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology.

In this work we brought together experts on the visual systems of diverse groups of vertebrates, from lampreys to ground squirrels.

Two new “remote” lab additions

We are delighted to have two “remote” lab members join us this month:

Aisha Wamala joins us remotely from London as TReND General coordinator to cover for the maternity leave of Samyra Salek

Carola Yovanovich joins us remotely from São Paulo for a project on the evolution of retinal layering

LED-Zappelin’ out @HardwareX

Maxime’s paper on our 2p scan interdigitated LED zapper is now out in HardwareX complete with BOM and detailed build instructions. Want an easy and low cost way to zap your prep without swamping the PMTs? We got you covered!

Paper on TReND out in Neuron

Nearly a decade after founding TReND together with Lucia Prieto Godino and Sadiq Yusuf, we are delighted to summarize our efforts and their impact in fostering (Neuro)science...

New paper out in Current Biology

Congratulations to Mingyi, John, Paul, Filip and Takeshi on their new paper on zebrafish RGCs! Thanks also to our excellent collaborator Julie Semmelhack in Hong Kong, who is now...

New paper on bioRxiv: 20 years of African Neuroscience

Congratulations to Mahmoud and his team for putting this together. Delighted to be involved Maina MB$, Ahmad U, Ibrahim HA, Hamidu SK, Nasr FE, Salihu AT, Abushouk AI, Abdurrazak...

UV vision paper out in Neuron

We are excited to see our latest work on UV-vision in zebrafish out in Neuron Yoshimatsu T§, Schroeder C, Nevala NE, Berens P, Baden T§. Fovea-like Photoreceptor Specializations...

PPE produced by the lab to help healthcare workers

Lab members have over the past weeks been putting together an impressive collection of DIY PPE for local healthcare workers here in Brighton and elsewhere. Our collection...

Wellcome Investigator Award in Science

We are delighted that our application "How to connect an eye to a brain" to the Wellcome Trust has been successful! Thanks to all involved, including our key collaborators on...

Sussex Visions live @Worldwide Neuro

We are excited to join the new Worldwide Neuroscience project ( with a series of talks about vision science. Thanks to Jeff Diamond for kicking...

New PLoS Biol paper on COVID-19 response through Open Hardware

Chagas AM§, Molloy JC, Prieto Godino LL, Baden T. Leveraging Open Hardware to Alleviate the Burden of COVID-19 on Global Health Systems. PLoS Biol pbio.3000730. direct link....

Marvin’s Chicken-vision review now online

Seifert M§, Baden T, Osorio D. The Retinal Basis of Vision in Chicken. Sem Cell Dev Biol. (in press). direct link. ( version).  pdf. The article will be part of a...

First PhD student from the lab passes her viva!

We are delighted to announce that Dr (!) Noora Nevala has just passed her PhD defense with flying colours! She is the first PhD student from the lab to graduate! For her PhD,...

COVID-19 and Open Hardware – new preprint live

Chagas AM§, Molloy JC, Prieto Godino LL, Baden T. Leveraging Open Hardware to Alleviate the Burden of COVID-19 on Global Health Systems. doi:...

New on bioRxiv: LED Zappelin’

We are delighted to present a simple LED zapper that lets you used LEDs for visual stimulation and/or optogenetics during 2-photon imaging. Developed and written up by PhD...

New review on The retinal basis of vision in Chicken

Seifert M§, Baden T, Osorio D. The Retinal Basis of Vision in Chicken. 2020030188. direct link. pdf.

New on bioRxiv: Zebrafish RGC functions

We are delighted to see this one up on bioRxiv. Using 2p imaging and photolabelling we characterized RGCs in larval zebrafish. We find that RGCs across the eye are both...

New review out in Nature Rev Neuroscience

We are delighted to present our musings on the retinal basis of vision across species. Punchline: Every retina is unique, and we need to study more diverse species at depth to...

Nature Research Award for Driving Global Impact

We are delighted to announce that Tom has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Nature Research Award for Driving Global Impact, in collaboration with Tencent. The...

New book chapter on 2p imaging published

As part of the book "Multiphoton Microscopy, Ed E Hartveit, Springer Nature" book we are delighted to see our chapter on 2p imaging in the retina online. Euler T§, Franke K,...

Filip’s paper on divergent excitation 2P microscopy on bioRxiv

We are excited to present our latest tinkering efforts on bioRxiv. Pimp your 2P microscope in a matter of hours for 3D mesoscale imaging! Janiak FK§, Bartel P, Bale M, Yoshimatsu...

Stimulator paper out in eLife

We are delighted that our paper on how to build a arbitrary spectrum spatial stimulator for vision research is now out at eLife! Great collaboration with the Tuebingen folks!...

Dispatch on motion vision paper out in CB

He are delighted to dispatch on the Yonehara lab's (DANDRITE, Aarhus) recent paper on space time wiring in the mouse ON-DS motion pathway: Paper: Matsumoto A., Briggman K.L.,...

Returned from ERM 2019, Helsinki

We just returned from the biennial European Retina meeting, held this year in Helsinki. Of note is that the conference offered to upload the posters to a freely accessible online...

Two new collaboration-preprints

We are delighted that two more pre-prints are now online, driven by collaborators in Tuebingen, Germany (Euler, Berens, Franke and Arrenberg labs). Dehmelt FA, Meier R, Hinz J,...

New on bioRxiv: Zebrafish prey capture uses single UV-cones!

Yoshimatsu T§, Schroeder C, Berens P, Baden T§. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of photoreceptor tuning for prey capture in larval zebrafish. bioRxiv doi:...

LF “molecular” Postdoc!

We are currently looking for a postdoc with a strong background in zebrafish molecular biology. Details can be found here and here. Deadline September 4th 2019.

Noora’s paper on Natural imaging out at Sci Rep

We are delighted that Noora's paper on Hyperspectral imaging of natural scenes, and how to build the imaging device in the first place, is now out at Scientific Reports. All with...