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Marissa Ellis

What is your current research interest?

I am currently working on a project with Joshua Chu-Tan examining the protective effect of exercise against retinal degeneration. 

When did you first become interested in vision science? 

I’ve always been quite interested in neuroscience and its applications, and I’d say vision science goes hand in hand with that. The more I learn in this area, the more exciting I find it. 

What is your favourite experiment?

Anything where I am learning something new is interesting to me, but I can’t say I’ve done enough to have a favourite yet! 

What are your favourite hobbies outside of the lab?

You’ll find me with friends, doing some kind of science communication or advocacy work, at the gym or exploring nature. 

What is your favourite cuisine?

Indian and Italian 

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In July 2021 I joined the CVR team as a second year Bachelor of Philosophy – Science student for a semester-long research project. I am incredibly grateful that I am able to engage in some first-hand research experience during my undergraduate degree through projects of this kind. Although a very broad term, I am really interested in medical research and seeing how what we do in the lab can apply to improving the lives of people. The project I am working on currently, in which we are examining the protective effect of exercise against retinal degeneration, is therefore very interesting to me, and I would love to one day see a therapeutic outcome develop from what we are looking at in the lab. I am extremely excited to be able to learn amongst a group of such incredible researchers and am really looking forward to seeing where CVR takes me.  

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