Shining a light on neural circuitry

Scientists employ optogenetic tools to understand how the brain recovers from damage and generates sensory experiences.

Optogenetics combines light and genetics to control neurons within living organisms. By genetically engineering targeted cells to express light-sensitive proteins, researchers investigate the function of specific neural circuits and their roles in behavior and disease, paving the way for breakthroughs in neuroscience and potential treatments for neurological disorders. In this webinar, Michelle Cheng and Hillel Adesnik will discuss how they utilize optogenetic technology to reveal the neural mechanisms underlying stroke and visual perception.

Topics to be covered

  • Post-stroke neural circuit dynamics and recovery mechanisms
  • Neural codes governing visual experiences and illusions 

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time
This webinar will be available to view live and on demand.


Michelle Cheng, PhD

Michelle Cheng, PhD

Senior Scientist
Stanford University

Hillel Adesnik, PhD

Hillel Adesnik, PhD

Associate Professor 
University of California at Berkeley