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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Our ability to see in vastly varying conditions depends critically on the outstanding performance of vision. Vision begins in the neural circuits of the retina, which operates with a remarkable fidelity. I study novel signal processing mechanisms and their adaptive dynamics at the synaptic and cellular-element level across the entire neural circuit of the retina in conditions where only a handful of light quanta underlie detection. My research combines several fields of biosciences and natural sciences.

External positions

Assistant Professor, Aalto University

1 Mar 2014 → …

Keywords

  • 3112 Neurosciences
  • 1184 Genetics, developmental biology, physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Visual Perception

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1999 2017

Open Access
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Rods progressively escape saturation to drive visual responses in daylight conditions

Tikidji-Hamburyan, A., Reinhard, K., Storchi, R., Dietter, J., Seitter, H., Davis, K. E., Idrees, S., Mutter, M., Walmsley, L., Bedford, R. A., Ueffing, M., Ala-Laurila, P., Brown, T. M., Lucas, R. J. & Muench, T. A., 27 Nov 2017, In : Nature Communications. 8, 17 p., 1813.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Vision at its sensitivity limit: Linking neural circuit function with behavior

Smeds, L. K., Takeshita, D., Turunen, T. A. I., Tiihonen, J. & Ala-Laurila, P. J., 2016, (In preparation) Unknown host publication. 110

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientific

Visual Neuroscience: How Do Moths See to Fly at Night?

Ala-Laurila, P., 21 Mar 2016, In : Current Biology. 26, 6, p. R231-R233 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Melatonin Suppression by Light in Humans Is More Sensitive Than Previously Reported

Vartanian, G. V., Li, B. Y., Chervenak, A. P., Walch, O. J., Pack, W., Ala-Laurila, P. & Wong, K. Y., Aug 2015, In : Journal of Biological Rhythms. 30, 4, p. 351-354 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities 2007 2019

Journal of General Physiology (Journal)

Petri Ala-Laurila (Reviewer)
Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Invited talk: Cosyne workshop "Retinal circuits for seeing nature"

Petri Ala-Laurila (Speaker)
4 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Opponent of doctoral dissertation / Ignatova

Petri Ala-Laurila (Supervisor)
19 Dec 2018

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Friedrich Kretschmer

Petri Ala-Laurila (Host)
4 Apr 20186 Apr 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Journal of General Physiology (Journal)

Petri Ala-Laurila (Reviewer)
Jan 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Press / Media

Interview: Hämeen Sanomat

Petri Ala-Laurila

14/10/2017

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview: Helsingin Sanomat - its Teema magazine

Petri Ala-Laurila

01/01/2016

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview: Helsingin Sanomat daily magazine

Petri Ala-Laurila

05/05/2015

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview: Helsingin Sanomat daily magazine

Petri Ala-Laurila

07/01/2015

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media