Russell G. Foster

Professor Russell G. Foster, CBE, FRS FMedSci (born 1959) is head of Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and The Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) at the University of Oxford. He and his group are credited with the discovery of the non-rod, non-cone, photosensitive ganglion cells in the mammalian retina which provide input to the circadian rhythm system. Foster was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2008 and a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in 2011. He is the co-author, with writer and broadcaster Leon Kreitzman, of two popular science books on circadian rhythms, Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing (2005) and Seasons of Life: The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive (2009).