Mark Hankins

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Mark Hankins

Professor of Visual Neuroscience

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Research group

Retinal Neurobiology and Optogenetics Group



Our research focuses on light dependent signalling in the retina and brain, including visual and non-visual light detection. We are also examining novel opsin photopigments and exploring their applications to optogenetics and translational medicine.


Mark Hankins is Associate Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology (NLO) and Professor of Visual Neuroscience. His research in visual physiology began with his PhD in Biophysics at Imperial College London. Retuning to Imperial College in 1993 with a Wellcome Trust Vision Fellowship, he was appointed to a Lectureship in the Medical School and became a Professor of Visual Neuroscience in 2004. In 2006 he established his research group at the University of Oxford based in the NLO.