• Zoology
  • Research Focus


  • Adaptation
  • Insect Vision
  • Neural Circuits
  • Energy
  • Efficient Coding
  • Equipment & Techniques

  • Computational modelling
  • Electrophysiological recording techniques
  • Intracellular recording
  • Signal processing
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    Professor Simon Laughlin FRS

    University Position
    Emeritus Professor


    I am interested in discovering design principles that govern the structure and function of neurons, neural circuits and sense organs. I combine an empirical approach with constraint-based modelling to see how the basic elements of circuits and sensory systems are combined to make efficient use of three limiting resources, space, materials and energy. I am currently investigating the economic benefits of circuit motifs and the ways in which the metabolic costs of photoreceptors shape entire eyes.

    Key Publications