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AIAS Seminar: Christian Damsgaard, AIAS Fellow

Balancing oxygen supply and light transmittance in the retina

2021.07.07 | AIAS

Date Mon 13 Dec
Time 14:15 15:30
Location Hybrid: The AIAS Auditorium and Zoom

Speaker: Christian Damsgaard, AIAS Fellow and Professor



The light-absorbing retina within the eye has an exceptionally high oxygen demand, which imposes two conflicting needs: high rates of blood perfusion and an unobstructed light path devoid of blood vessels. In this presentation, I will discuss physiological mechanisms and tradeoffs underlying oxygen supply to the eye and examine how these physiological systems supported the evolution of vision.

Short bio


Christian Damsgaard is a comparative physiologist interested in physiological mechanisms underlying respiratory gas exchange in animals. In his research, he uses the eye's retina as a model tissue and integrates methodologies from respiratory physiology, quantitative morphology, and evolutionary biology to understand the physiological mechanisms that supported the evolution of vision.   

See Christian Damsgaard's project at AIAS

What is an AIAS Seminar?

The AIAS Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English.

Access via Zoom

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the seminar is held hybridly -  in-person and via Zoom: