Cherlyn Ng was born and raised in Singapore, where she went on to earn her BSc in neuroscience and PhD in x-ray crystallography from the National University of Singapore. Drawing upon her earlier experiences with audio/visual production, she received postdoctoral training in computational modeling, psychophysics and developed a deep interest in visual perception. Her current interests focuses on how the brain processes and represents sensory information, with particular emphasis on binocular vision. However, traditional psychophysics does not distinguish between percepts that arise from neural mechanisms and visual limitations that are caused by the imperfect optics of the eyes. She addresses this conundrum by coupling psychophysics with adaptive optics technology. This method removes optical limitations by correcting for the optical aberrations in the eyes so that percepts brought about by the neural mechanisms can be measured in isolation. These measurements serve the eventual purpose of building a unified model that explains how the brain chooses between selecting and balancing information from the two eyes.
My goal is to provide a mechanistic understanding of the neural circuit mechanisms that underlie visual object perception. To achieve this goal, my laboratory applies neural perturbation and recording techniques in awake and behaving primates. Our work is supported by the National Eye Institute, University of Houston Higher Education Assistance Fund, and College of Optometry. In addition to research, I want to help students and trainees to reach career and life goals. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
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