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.
Talks with this Speaker
Karl Deisseroth gives a retrospective on the development of optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to link activation of specific neurons with animal behavior. (Talk recorded in September 2016)
- H. School / Intro Undergrad
- Adv. Undergrad / Grad
Karl Deisseroth gives an introduction to optogenetics, a technique that uses light to control cells, and talks about how they used opsin genes to develop this technology. (Talk recorded in August 2012)