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Zebrafish vision in its natural context: from natural scenes through retinal and central processing to behaviour.

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙500˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙500˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2021-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX UK (BRIGHTON) coordinator 1˙500˙000.00


 Project objective

All visual systems are specialised to best serve an animal’s sensory niche, yet how such specialisations are achieved through phylogenetic and developmental adaptations of the ‘common vertebrate visual system blueprint’ are poorly understood. I will study these adaptations in the visual system of zebrafish. I will use two-photon functional imaging and computational modelling to investigate how the visual system of zebrafish samples and processes behaviourally meaningful stimuli in the natural world. I will then use optogenetic manipulations while zebrafish navigate a virtual reality environment to directly probe the role of visual circuits in driving behaviour. Specifically, I will pursue four Aims:

1. What is the zebrafish eye designed to see? 2. How does the fish retina form feature selective output channels? 3. What does the fish’s eye tell the fish’s brain? 4. How does visual input to the brain lead to behaviour?

Visual specialisations begin in the optics and movements of the eyes, and are subsequently deeply rooted in every step of neuronal computation. Therefore, I will study visual processing at these different organisational levels. Here, the highly ‘visual’ zebrafish present a powerful model. They (i) offer exquisite genetic tools to record and manipulate neurons, (ii) have transparent larval stages permitting optical access to the entire nervous system and (iii) there is a large array of well-studied and easily quantifiable visual behaviours. In addition, zebrafish undergo two distinct life-stages, from larva to adult - with distinct lifestyles in different visual environments and hence different feature-detection requirements. Comparison of processing strategies employed by the (a) larval and (b) adult zebrafish visual system with that of other species, including a complementary database already recorded in mice (c), will lead to an increasingly generalised understanding of biological vision.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Maxime J.Y. Zimmermann, Noora E. Nevala, Takeshi Yoshimatsu, Daniel Osorio, Dan-Eric Nilsson, Philipp Berens, Tom Baden
Zebrafish Differentially Process Color across Visual Space to Match Natural Scenes
published pages: 2018-2032.e5, ISSN: 0960-9822, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.04.075
Current Biology 28/13 2019-10-29
2017 Tom Baden, Frank Schaeffel, Philipp Berens
Visual Neuroscience: A Retinal Ganglion Cell to Report Image Focus?
published pages: R139-R141, ISSN: 0960-9822, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.12.022
Current Biology 27/4 2019-10-29
2016 Thomas Euler and Tom Baden
Computational Neuroscience: Species Specific Motion Detectors
published pages: 45,46, ISSN: , DOI:
Nature 535 2019-10-29
2018 Tom Baden, Timm Schubert, Philipp Berens, Thomas Euler
The Functional Organization of Vertebrate Retinal Circuits for Vision
published pages: N/A, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264086.013.68
Oxford Research Encyclopedias, Neuroscience Online 2019-10-29
2017 Andre Maia Chagas, Lucia L. Prieto-Godino, Aristides B. Arrenberg, Tom Baden
The €100 lab: A 3D-printable open-source platform for fluorescence microscopy, optogenetics, and accurate temperature control during behaviour of zebrafish, Drosophila, and Caenorhabditis elegans
published pages: e2002702, ISSN: 1545-7885, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2002702
PLOS Biology 15/7 2019-10-29
2017 Katrin Franke, Philipp Berens, Timm Schubert, Matthias Bethge, Thomas Euler, Tom Baden
Inhibition decorrelates visual feature representations in the inner retina
published pages: 439-444, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/nature21394
Nature 542/7642 2019-10-29
2017 Katrin Franke, Tom Baden
General features of inhibition in the inner retina
published pages: 5507-5515, ISSN: 0022-3751, DOI: 10.1113/JP273648
The Journal of Physiology 595/16 2019-10-29
2018 Tom Baden, Ben James, Maxime J. Y. Zimmermann, Phillip Bartel, Dorieke Grijseels, Thomas Euler, Leon Lagnado, Miguel Maravall
Spikeling: A low-cost hardware implementation of a spiking neuron for neuroscience teaching and outreach
published pages: e2006760, ISSN: 1545-7885, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2006760
PLOS Biology 16/10 2019-10-29
2016 Tom Baden, Thomas Euler
Retinal Physiology: Non-Bipolar-Cell Excitatory Drive in the Inner Retina
published pages: R706-R708, ISSN: 0960-9822, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.03.065
Current Biology 26/15 2019-10-29
2017 C. J. Forman, H. Tomes, B. Mbobo, R. J. Burman, M. Jacobs, T Baden, J. V. Raimondo
Openspritzer: an open hardware pressure ejection system for reliably delivering picolitre volumes
published pages: 2188, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-02301-2
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-10-29
2019 Thomas Euler, Katrin Franke , Tom Baden
Studying a Light Sensor with Light: Multiphoton Imaging in the Retina
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.20944/preprints201903.0244.v1
2019 Katrin Franke, Andre Maia Chagas, Zhijian Zhao, Maxime J.Y. Zimmermann, Yongrong Qiu, Klaudia Szatko, Tom Baden, Thomas Euler
An arbitrary-spectrum spatial visual stimulator for vision research
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1101/649566

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