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Vol. LXVI, No. 12
June 6, 2014

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Deisseroth To Give Nirenberg Lecture, June 11 in Masur Auditorium

Dr. Karl Deisseroth

Dr. Karl Deisseroth of Stanford University will deliver the fourth annual Marshall Nirenberg Lecture as part of the 2013-2014 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. Deisseroth’s talk, “Optical Deconstruction of Fully Assembled Biological Systems,” will be held on Wednesday, June 11 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Deisseroth is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and D.H. Chen professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford. He received his undergraduate biochemical sciences degree from Harvard University. He obtained both his Ph.D. and his M.D. (neuroscience) from Stanford. His current research 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.

The lecture, established in 2011, recognizes Nirenberg for his work to decipher the genetic code, which resulted in his receiving the 1968 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Nirenberg’s research career at NIH spanned more than 50 years; his work also focused on neuroscience, neural development and the homeobox genes. The Nirenberg lecture recognizes outstanding contributions to genetics and molecular biology.

For lecture information and reasonable accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts, (301) 594-6747.

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