Petr obtained an MSci in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Glasgow. He then joined the Zador lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for his PhD, where his research was focused on circuit mechanisms of auditory perception and decision-making, supported by the David and Fanny Luke Fellowship.

In 2013, he joined the lab of Thomas Mrsic-Flogel with funding from EMBO and Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowships, initially at the University of Basel in Switzerland and later at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in London. His postdoctoral research focused on how the functional properties of different types of neurons in the visual cortex emerge from the structure of their synaptic connections, as well as how visual signals are transformed across the cortex to guide simple decisions.

In 2020, he started his lab at the Francis Crick Institute, studying how neurons in the visual system help animals navigate in the three-dimensional world, and how their circuits are sculpted during development.

Qualifications and history

2007
University of Glasgow, UK
MSci in Molecular and Cellular Biology
2013
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
PhD
2013
University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Postdoctoral fellow, Biozentrum
2018
University College, London, UK
Postdoctoral fellow, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
2020
Francis Crick Institute
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