Case Studies

Hear from our DTC students:

Mathilde Guillaumin

 

Mathilde Guillaumin 

Mathilde is working on the regulation of sleep and the impact of a specific mutation on sleep and learning.

Her project involves behaviour testing and in vivo sleep recordings (electroencephalography and neuronal signals) in mice with or without a mutation that affects neurotransmitter release. She is also working on developing a mathematical model of sleep regulation. Both aspects of her DPhil aim to help disentangle the role of the circadian clock and homeostatic regulation on the alternation between sleep and wake states.

 

James Walker

 

James Walker

James is working with the Animal Flight group working on visual guidance in birds.

This research involves attaching video cameras, GPS devices and other sensors to free flying pigeons and peregrine falcons and analysing the information that they use to guide their flight trajectories. Insights from this research, and the work done by the Animal Flight group more generally, have the potential to aid the development of guidance algorithms in unmanned aircraft (drones) allowing them to avoid obstacles, compensate for wind or land on a perch autonomously.