PhD STUDENT

Nick Bariescheff

What is your current research interest?

Being able to harness the molecular message of exercise to improve retinal health and utilise these ‘messengers of exercise’ as a non-invasive intervention for neurodegenerative diseases.

When did you first become interested in vision science?

In the last semester of my Bachelor’s degree

What is your favourite experiment?

Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay

What are your favourite hobbies outside of the lab?

Football, gym, travelling, reading, and playing drums

What is your favourite cuisine?

German

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BIO:

Hi there, I’m the newest addition to the Clear Vision Research Lab, having started my PhD in 2022. I became extremely passionate about retinal physiology in the last semester of my Bachelor’s degree, which drew me to a career specialising in visual neuroscience. I graduated my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Canberra in 2019, before moving on to my Advanced Master’s degree in Neuroscience at ANU, where I completed a research project investigating the electrophysiological properties of retinal neurons via patch clamp, graduating with first class honours in 2021. 

 

My research in the CVR is focused at identifying the benefits of physical exercise on a molecular scale. The benefits of exercise to human health have long been recognised, however, despite this, how these healthy messages of exercise are communicated to the CNS, specifically the retina, surprisingly remain unknown. My research aims to elucidate how the act of exercise conveys these protective benefits of exercise to the retina, and to see if we can harness these “messengers of exercise” for the treatment of retinal degenerations.