Dr. Maydel Fernandez Alonso

Postdoc, Circadian Visual Neuroscience, PhD

Maydel Fernandez-Alonso completed a degree in Psychology at the University of Havana in Cuba, followed by a PhD in Visual Neuroscience at Newcastle University in the UK. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, in the Translational Sensory & Circadian Neuroscience Research Group led by Prof. Manuel Spitschan. Her research there lies in the intersection between human vision and chronobiology. She is interested in the effects of light on sleep and other biological rhythms, how changes in the spectral, temporal and spatial properties of light modulate these effects, as well as understanding the visual mechanisms involved. Currently, she is working on a project investigating how the brain integrates light information from both eyes to regulate the production of melatonin and control circadian entrainment.