Athene Knufer

Athene Knufer

PhD student


I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology with Neuroscience from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2013. During this time, I worked in the Johnston Lab at UCL studying the temporal dynamics of face perception.

I started my PhD in 2014 as part of the 4-year BBSRC funded London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium and am supervised by Professor Jon Clarke & Professor Sarah Guthrie. During my PhD I have been utilising the zebrafish ocular motor system as an in vivo model to elucidate the contributions of cell adhesion molecules including cadherins and immunoglobulins to cranial motor nucleus development. In particular, I have been studying the role of cadherins in regulating the subnuclear architecture of the oculomotor nucleus and testing the functional importance of correct nucleus formation using behavioural assays for the larval optokinetic response.