Selma Tir is a first-year DPhil Candidate in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. She is part of the Circadian and Visual Neuroscience group, and is supervised by Professor Stuart Peirson and Professor Russell Foster. Her doctoral research investigates the mechanisms mediating circadian disruption by the modern light environment.
Selma received a B.A. degree in Neuroscience and Mathematics from Smith College, USA, in 2016. During her time at Smith, she worked with Professor Mary Harrington on the development of a new technique to measure circadian gene expression in behaving animals using in vivo tracking of bioluminescent markers. Her honors thesis employed this method to further explore the effects of dim light in the evening on circadian rhythms and behavior.