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Professor Deisseroth received his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1992, his PhD from Stanford in 1998, and his MD from Stanford in 2000. He completed medical internship and adult psychiatry residency at Stanford, and he was board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2006. He joined the faculty at Stanford in Bioengineering and Psychiatry on January 1, 2005. As a bioengineer focused on neuroengineering, he has launched an effort to map neural circuit dynamics in psychiatric disease on the millisecond timescale, and his group at Stanford has developed optical neuroengineering technologies for noninvasive imaging and control of brain circuits, as they operate within living intact tissue. His work on optical control of neural circuits has launched a new field called “optogenetics”. Professor Deisseroth has received many major awards including the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE), the McKnight Foundation Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award, the Larry Katz Prize in Neurobiology, the Schuetze Award in Neuroscience, the Whitehall Foundation Award, the Charles E. Culpeper Scholarship in Medical Science Award, the Klingenstein Fellowship Award and the Robert H. Ebert Clinical Scholar Award.
Optogenetics: Development and Application
as author at 23rd Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), Vancouver 2009,