Dylan Black is an early career researcher with a Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Neuroscience) from the University of Sydney. Dylan's research journey began during his advanced undergraduate neuroscience studies, where he explored the role of peri-neuronal nets on hippocampal plasticity. During his PhD studies, Dylan honed his programming skills by applying machine learning techniques to the analysis of animal behaviour, investigating the relevance of highly conserved developmental guidance molecules to visually guided behaviours in mice. Since beginning his academic career, Dylan has actively collaborated on various research projects. One such project involved examining the therapeutic potential of red-shifted synthetic opsins in treating inherited retinal dystrophies at the Sydney Eye Hospital. His work has led to several research publications, including Scientific Reports and Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience. Besides his research accomplishments, Dylan has also established himself as a valued mentor and educator. He has been heavily involved in Honours mentorship and undergraduate teaching within the Department of Physiology at the University of Sydney. Currently, his research focuses on the emergence and origin of spontaneous resting-state activity within the developing visual cortex of marsupial joeys. When not working, Dylan enjoys spending his leisure time in his scenic hometown of Byron Bay.

Twitter: @dylanablack

ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7385-4571

UQ Researchers: http://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/35429

Dylan is part of the Suarez group which studies brain evolution and development, and the Fenlon Group which studies Cortical development, plasticity and evolution.