Professor Mikko Juusola

Mikko

Professor of Systems Neuroscience
Department of Biomedical Science
The University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom

Room: B2 222b Alfred Denny building
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 1087
Email: M.Juusola@sheffield.ac.uk

Neuroscience

General

Brief career history

  • 2015- present: High-End Foreign Expert (PI); selected by the Chinese National Recruitment Program
  • 2013-Present: Jane and Aatos Erkko Research Fellow (PI)
  • 2013-present: Professor of Systems Neuroscience (PI), Drosophila Vision Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield
  • 2012-Present: Visiting Professor (PI), Cognition in Small Brains Institute, National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
  • 2005-2012: Reader (PI), Drosophila Vision Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield
  • 2008-2012: Guest Professor (PI), National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
  • 1999-2007: Royal Society University Research Fellow (PI), Universities of Cambridge & Sheffield
  • 1997-1999: Academy of Finland Research Fellow (PI), University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1996: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1995-1996: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • 1993-1995: Alberta Heritage Foundation Medical Research Fellow, University of Alberta, Canada

Education

  • 1995, Docent in Neurophysiology, University of Oulu, Finland
  • 1993, Ph. D. (Neurophysiology), University of Oulu, Finland
  • 1993, M.D., University of Oulu, Finland

Research interests

  • Neural processing, particularly in the visual system of Drosophila
  • Efficient codes and circuitry, form-function relationships, attention, learning and memory

In the news

Insects can see the world in much finer resolution than previously thought:

Professional activities

Invited Talks 2017

  • University of Helsinki, Finland, 22 June
  • Kavli Workshop on Neural Circuits and Behavior of Drosophila, Crete, 2-8 July
  • Neuroscience Summer School, National Key Laboratory of cognitive Neuroscience, Beijing, 16-26 July
  • University of Ljubljana, 6 October
  • BMS internal seminar, Sheffield, 23 October
  • Sensory Transduction in Insects, London, 8 December

Full publications


Google Scholar

Research

Neural mechanisms of cognition in small brains: Experiments and theory to decode perception and action

Goal:

  • Spearhead our Sheffield and Beijing laboratories to be among the best in the world in studying visual information processing and cognition in the Drosophila brain.

Approaches and interests:

  • Development and use of novel experimental and theoretical techniques and original ideas to study information processing in sensory-neural circuits in vivo.
  • Building innovative analytical methods and instruments & then exploiting them scientifically.
  • Neural processing, particularly in the Drosophila visual system, efficient codes and circuitry, form-function relationships, perception, adaptive and collective behaviours, attention, learning and memory, and cognition.

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Highlighted Discoveries in:


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Current Grant Funding

  • BBSRC, UK
  • EPSRC, UK
  • Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, Finland
  • The University of Sheffield, UK
  • National Science Foundation of China
  • National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Beijing, China
  • Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Group Members

  • Boqi Du, Lab Manager in BNU, Beijing, China
  • Diana Rien, Post-Doc
  • Jouni Takalo, Post-Doc
  • Zhuoyi Song, Post-Doc
  • Narendra Solanki, Post-Doc
  • David Jaciuch, Ph.D. student
  • Neveen Mansour, Ph.D. student
  • Ben Scales, Ph.D. student
  • Joni Kemppainen, Ph.D. student
  • Luyang Guan, Postgraduate student in BNU
  • Yunqi Ma, Postgraduate student in BNU

Lab activities:

Collaborations

Teaching

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules

Level 3:

  • BMS355 Sensory Neuroscience

Masters (MSc):

  • BMS6355 Sensory Neuroscience
Opportunities

If you are interested in a quantitative approach to Neuroscience and Behaviour, come to visit us.

Students from Engineering, Physics and Mathematics and Biologists with a strong motivation for quantitative work are encouraged to contact us.


Mikko BBSRC

Selected publications

Journal articles