Principal investigator

Professor Mikko Juusola

  • Docent of Neurophysiology, 1995, University of Oulu, Finland

  • PhD (Neurophysiology), 1993, University of Oulu, Finland

  • M.D. (General Medicine), 1993, University of Oulu, Finland


  • Professor of Systems Neuroscience, the University of Sheffield, 2013-

  • Visiting Professor and PI, State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University, China, 2008-2019

  • Reader, the University of Sheffield, 2005-2012

  • Royal Society University Research Fellow and PI, University of Sheffield, 2005-2007

  • Royal Society University Research Fellow and PI, University of Cambridge, 1999-2005

  • Academy of Finland Research Fellow and PI, University of Cambridge, 1997-1999

  • Postdoc, University of Cambridge, 1996-1997 (Hugh Robinson's lab)

  • Postdoc, Dalhousie University, Canada, 1994-1996 (Andrew French's lab)

  • Alberta Heritage Foundation Medical Research Fellow, University of Alberta, Canada, 1993-1994


I study how animals see and behave, typically concentrating on information processing in the eye and brain circuits of an established genetic model organism, Drosophila. In my research, I use a broad multidisciplinary systems approach that combines theory with experiments.

Our laboratory develops and refines methods for in vivo electrophysiology, 2-photon calcium imaging, fly genetics, mathematical analysis, biophysical modelling and behavioural studies and uses them to quantify neural mechanisms and dynamics that contribute to visual perception and behaviours.

With Aurel Lazar I have been organising a summer workshop "Methods of System Identification for Studying Information Processing in Sensory Systems": 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Besides science, I much enjoy running/training with "Monday Night Club" and hiking in the Peak District and beyond with my wife and kids.

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