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Brendan J. O'Brien b.obrien at auckland.ac.nz
Wed Oct 27 22:14:00 GMT 2004

The Visual Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Auckland is now
accepting applications for students interested in obtaining a PhD degree
studying anatomy and physiology of the mammalian retina.  The scholarship is
for 3 years study in the Department of Optometry & Vision Science and
includes a living stipend plus a contribution towards fees.  

Several collaborative projects are underway in the VNL both within the
University and abroad aimed at understanding retinal information processing
from gene expression in single retinal neurons to biophysical analyses of
retinal receptive field properties. The VNL is equipped for carrying out
cutting edge experiments using whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology,
single cell RT-PCR, and fluorescence microscopy.  Additional facilities for
confocal and electron microscopy, microarray printing and reading, as well
as quantitative RT-PCR are available in neighboring labs or through core
facilities at the university. 

Vision science at the University of Auckland is a growing enterprise with
more than 10 independent laboratories interested in a wide variety of vision
science topics such as retinal anatomy & physiology, retinal biochemistry &
pathology, retinal development, myopia, corneal anatomy & pathology, lens
physiology & pathology and central visual pathways. 

The University of Auckland has recently been named as New Zealand's premiere
research university with more than 33,000 undergraduate, graduate and
professional students. The university is located at the center of Auckland,
the largest Polynesian city in the world with a population of over 1.2
million residents. Many cultural institutions call Auckland their home and
provide free, outdoor entertainment throughout the summer. Auckland is an
exciting and beautiful place to live with natural attractions only minutes
from the city center.

Please include in your application:
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of research interest (2-3 pages)
And two letters of reference to:

Please forward you're application to:
Brendan J. O'Brien Ph.D.
Department of Optometry & Vision Science
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, New Zealand
b.obrien at auckland.ac.nz
++64 9 373-7599 x86591

Links of interest:


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