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EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
POSTPONED - Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 11:00Add to calendarTools for Analyzing and Controlling Brains and Other Complex Biological SystemsEd Boyden, Massachusets Institute for Technology, USAHost: Robert PrevedelLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: To enable the understanding and repair of complex biological systems such as the brain, we are creating novel optical tools that enable molecular-resolution maps of large scale systems, as well as technologies for observing and controlling high-speed physiological dynamics in such systems. First, we have developed a method for imaging large 3-D specimens with nanoscale precision, by embedding them in a swellable polymer, homogenizing their mechanical properties, and exposing them to water which causes them to expand isotropically manyfold. This method, which we call expansion microscopy (ExM), enables scalable, inexpensive diffraction-limited microscopes to do large-volume nanoscopy, in a multiplexed fashion important, for example, for brain mapping. Second, we have developed a set of genetically-encoded reagents, known as optogenetic tools, that when expressed in specific neurons, enable their electrical activities to be precisely driven or silenced in response to millisecond timescale pulses of light. Finally, we are developing novel reagents, such as fluorescent voltage indicators, and systems, such as novel microscope architectures, to enable the imaging of fast physiological processes in 3-D with millisecond precision. In this way we aim to enable the systematic mapping, control, and dynamical observation of complex biological systems like the brain.
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Monday, 2 November 2020, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedPeter Hegemann, Humboldt University of Berlin, GermanyHost: Merle Hantsche-GriningerLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg