October 23, 2014
University of Nevada, Reno
Karl Deisseroth develops optical methods for high-resolution investigation of intact biological systems. His group has pioneered optogenetics, a technology that uses light to control millisecond-precision activity patterns in defined cell types in the brains of freely moving mammals, and CLARITY, a chemical engineering technology that enables high-resolution structural and molecular access to intact brains. A practicing psychiatrist, Deisseroth has also applied his technologies to study anxiety, depression, and social dysfunction.