Retinal Structure and Function Laboratory

Research Overview

Our broad research aim is to understand the fundamental workings of the living retina on the microscopic scale: how this works normally and how
this becomes compromised in sight-debilitating diseases such as diabetes. We combine a range of investigative tools including high-resolution non-invasive imaging, psychophysics, computational modeling and electrophysiology. Our current research projects make use of high speed, multispectral
adaptive optics to visualize the smallest neurons and blood vessels that is possible to see in in living human eyes. We study the dynamics of flow and oxygen exchange at the level of individual red blood cells, and the cascade of optical and physiological events that occur when a photoreceptor interacts with light. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach and so we welcome motivated students across all fields (e.g. Mathematics, Physics,
Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Psychology), who are interested in contributing to our innovative program of research.


Mr Marcin Falkowski


  • Professor Samuel Jacobson, Associate Professor Artur Cideciyan - Scheie Eye Institute, USA
  • Professor Barbara Gillam - Psychology, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Dr Colin Clifford - Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Erica Fletcher - Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Melbourne, Australia

Research Projects

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Mental Health

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Lab Director Dr Michael Pianta

Department / Centre

Optometry and Vision Sciences

Unit / Centre

Retinal Structure and Function Laboratory

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