Dr. Bisley received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, where he studied the peripheral processing of shape information in the somatosensory system. In 1998 he moved to the University of Rochester as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Tania Pasternak, where he studied the neural mechanisms underlying short term memory for motion in area MT. He then joined the lab of Mickey Goldberg at the National Eye Institute and Columbia University, where he studied the guidance of visual attention. In 2006, Dr. Bisley joined the faculty in the Department of Neurobiology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he remains as a full Professor. Dr. Bisley has been a Sloan fellow, a Kingenstein fellow and a McKnight Scholar. He is currently a reviewing editor for the Journal of Neuroscience.
Dr. Bisley’s research interests revolve around the cognitive processing of visual information, with particular foci on understanding the neural mechanisms underlying the guidance of visual attention, the guidance of eye movements and spatial stability. An additional aim of his lab is to attempt to identify underlying mechanisms that may explain why neurons within an area seem to play different roles when tested in different tasks and to identify processing steps between areas.