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“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language” – Martin Buber

Alejandra is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Justin Marshall and Dr. WenSung Chung. She is studying polarisation vision, sexual signalling and brain connectivity in cuttlefish. Before joining our lab, she completed a Bachelor of Marine Biology in Mexico, and Honours in 2014, focusing on octopus biology, morphometrics, and fisheries.


Alejandra’s project is a multidisciplinary approach to understand more about the visual signalling, brain connectivity and mating system in cuttlefish. Fascinated by the unique ability that cuttlefish have to change their body patterns, Alejandra is trying to understand the neural basis of cuttlefish displays. She is using behavioural experiments, histology, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to study the visual system, polarisation vision, communication with conspecifics, and changes in brain development across the lifespan of the mourning cuttlefish.


2012 BSc with Honours 1A, Major in Marine Biology. Universidad del Mar, MEXICO
2016-Present PhD, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA


2014 -2015 Lab Manager. Histology lab, Geology Lab, Numerical Simulation Lab, and Fisheries Lab. Universidad del Mar, MEXICO.