About Me

chas-nelson

I am an interdisciplinary scientist with a background in quantitative microscopy and bioimage analysis. My research interests are at the hardware-software-wetware interface where optics, informatics and biology come together to answer fundamental biological questions.

My biological interests are in retinal development in zebrafish, a model organism. In particular, I’m interested in how neuronal networks in the retina develop fundamental image processing capabilities.

For an idea of my experience and skills please take a look at my extended CV here.

Current Research

I am currently am EPSRC Doctoral Prize Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow where I work on in vivo light sheet microscopy and graph theory analyses of retinal waves in zebrafish, spontaneous activity in the developing retina. Find out more about my research…

Teaching

I have been actively involved in teaching at undergraduate level for several years now. My particular pedagogical interests are in student-directed learning, i.e. courses where students are given a shared set of learning objectives but have the freedom to explore the topic in their own way. Such courses really develop students not just in their knowledge of that topic but also their confidence and a wide range of key skills essential to budding scientists. Read about my current courses…

Engagement

Engagement with the public and with policy makers is an important part of modern science. As such, I have always been actively involved in public engagement and working with policy makers. Currently, this usually takes the form of speaking at public events, e.g. Cafe Scientifique meetings, and engaging with policy makers in Scotland and the UK through my work with the Royal Society of Biology in Scotland. Read more about my engagement activities…

If you would like more detailed information about my research, teaching or science policy, or would like to chat about something, you can contact me.