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|Description: Optogenetics is a combination of genetics and optics to achieve a gain or loss of function of biochemical events such as action potentials in a particular neuron or tissue. Opsin genes encode proteins that receive light and give rise to ion flow. This talk gives an introduction to optogenetics followed by examples of how optogenetics is being used to study the brain.|
|About the Speaker: Karl Deisseroth|
Karl Deisseroth is Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and an HHMI Investigator. He earned his MD/PhD in neuroscience from Stanford University. His lifelong interest in psychiatry led him to build a world-class laboratory in neuroscience where he developed optogenetics. His lab studies the control and mapping of neural elements in biological organisms, studying both neurophysiology and behavior. For his scientific contributions, Deisseroth was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012, received the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in 2015, and was awarded the Massry Prize in 2016. Learn more about his research here.