OSC Colloquium: Mark Schnitzer

    Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Virtual Via Zoom

    Open to campus and public.


    Speaker: Mark Schnitzer

    Topic: Optical imaging of brain dynamics

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    Optical techniques have become central to research at the forefront of brain science and are still rapidly increasing in their breadth and importance to the field. For instance, the U.S. BRAIN Initiative has as one of its priorities the aim of fostering continued innovation in this domain. I will present recent advances in optical brain imaging, which have allowed the visualization of large-scale neural codes in behaving animals as well as optical readouts of neuronal voltage oscillations. Further innovation in these areas in upcoming years is likely to yield better understanding of both healthy and diseased brains, as well as an expanded role for photonics in the basic and clinical neurosciences.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Mark Schnitzer is an HHMI Investigator and a Professor in Stanford’s Departments of Applied Physics & Biology. His work has focused on the innovation and use of optical imaging technologies for understanding how large neural ensembles control animal behavior. His lab has invented several technologies now commercially available, including tiny microscopes that are small enough to be mounted on the head of a freely behaving mouse and that are now used by > 500 labs worldwide. 


    Colloquium will start at 3:30pm, following will be a meet and greet with Mark Schnitzer.