David Au

David Au (he/him) is a postdoctoral scholar in Stephen Baccus’ lab in the Department of Neurobiology. His research focuses on understanding 1) how multiplexed photoreceptor systems contribute to complex visual processes of the early visual system of mammals, and 2) the effects of sleep on the visual neural code. These ideas take advantage of sophisticated computational models that David will generate from his experiments measuring retinal and cortical responses to complex natural scenes stimuli. David earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah as a Miller Scholar and his PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine as an NIH NRSA F31-Divesity Fellow. He has mentored 20+ students from a range of disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds, improved DEI efforts within his graduate community as a liaison between students and faculty and recruited students through organizations like SACNAS and the NIH. David loves climbing, volleyball, and tennis.