Your brain mediates everything that you sense, feel, think, and do. The brain is incredibly complex - each cubic millimeter of your brain contains perhaps a hundred thousand cells, connected by a billion synapses, each operating with millisecond precision. We develop tools that enable the mapping of the molecules and wiring of the brain, the recording and control of its neural dynamics, and the repair of its dysfunction. We distribute our tools as freely as possible to the scientific community, and also apply them to the systematic analysis of brain computations, aiming to reveal the fundamental mechanisms of brain function, and yielding new, ground-truth therapeutic strategies for neurological and psychiatric disorders.
- Nature Neuroscience, July 2014: Noninvasive optical inhibition with a red-shifted microbial rhodopsin (7/6/2014)
- Suhasa Kodandaramaiah to start as assistant professor at University of Minnesota (7/1/2014)
- Nature Methods, June 2014: All-optical electrophysiology in mammalian neurons using engineered opsins (6/22/2014)
- Unlocking The Brain: Are We Entering A Golden Age Of Neuroscience? (WBUR, 6/12/2014)
- Nature Methods, May 2014: Simultaneous, whole-organism, imaging of neural activity (5/19/2014)
- Engineers ask the brain to say, "Cheese!" (NSF, 5/19/2014)
- Video reveals entire organism's neurons at work (Nature, 5/18/2014)
- Nature Methods, March 2014: High speed, far-red drivable, and multiplexed channelrhodopsins (3/1/2014)
- Boyden wins NIH Director's Pioneer Award and Transformative Research Award (MIT News, 9/30/2013)
- Obama invites Boyden and others to White House for BRAIN Initiative launch (MIT News, 4/2/2013)
- Top brain scientist is 'philosopher at heart' (CNN, 3/31/2013)
- Boyden shares Lundbeck "Brain" Prize for inventing optogenetic tools (Lundbeck Foundation, 3/11/2013)
- A History of Optogenetics (Faculty of 1000, 5/3/2011)
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