Marina is professor of visual perception in the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Bradford.

She trained as a physicist (BSc, Universidad de Tucumán, Argentina) and completed postgraduate studies in lighting design, human and computer vision, neuroscience and experimental psychology (MPhil and PhD from the University of Newcastle).

Her main research interests lie in exploring how humans perceive objects and material appearance with particular emphasis on colour perception. She conducts research with both real and computer-simulated stimuli and has become more interested in trying to establish what constitutes a perceptually realistic virtual experience and which technical aspects limit the realism of simulations. See https://dyvito.wordpress.com for details of the current EU-funded project.

Marina has a strong interest in the ethical and societal impact of research and technology. She has served the Trust as a partner governor since 2010, with a particular interest in the adoption of innovation and technology in healthcare.

Marina also chairs the Patient Experience Project within the Cancer Programme part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan.  She also currently sits on the executive committees of the Applied Vison Association, British Machine Vision Association and the Colour Group, with an agenda to promote interdisciplinary work and support the development and recognition of women in science and technology.

She previously served on the university senate and council and was associate dean for research and knowledge transfer in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford.

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