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Tiffany Schmidt

Northwestern University
Department of Neurobiology
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Dr. Tiffany Schmidt is an Assistant Professor in the Neurobiology Department at Northwestern University. She did her PhD work with Paulo Kofuji at the University of Minnesota, and worked as a post-doc in the lab of Dr. Samer Hattar at Johns Hopkins University until starting her own lab in 2014.

Dr. Schmidt's group works to map the circuits by which light influences behavior. Her laboratory uses electrophysiology, optogenetics, and behavior in genetic mouse models to understand how the melanopsin-expressing, intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells influence diverse behaviors such as sleep, circadian photoentrainment, the pupillary light reflex, and visual perception.