Atticus Pinzon Rodriguez
My love for biology started very early in my elementary school. I was fascinated with life, especially with animals. I have always been intrigued and captivated by the sensory strategies of animals, especially by those not present in humans.
As a biology student in the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, I realized that the animal physiology was the road to follow to learn more about sensory systems, strategies and adaptations in animals.
Then I did my masters in physiology in the same university. I focused on the intracellular signaling cascade used by melanopsin, a novel opsin that mediates circadian synchronization and other non-visual responses in vertebrates. The model I used was chicken embryo retinas, that I use both for inmunodetection of proteins involved in the cascade and also to obtain dissociated amacrine and horizontal cells expressing melanopsin, for electrophysiological recordings.
After being awarded with a scholarship from Colombia to start my PhD studies abroad, I found the Vision Group as the perfect place to continue my research in sensory systems. With Rachel Muheim as my supervisor, I will start my project in Lund, trying to shed light on the mechanisms of magnetic compass orientation and polarized light sensitivity in birds, as well as the relationship and interactions between those two marvelous senses.
Let the adventure begins!
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