An interview with synthetic neurobiologist Ed Boyden | by @mocost

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 13:00 in Physics & Chemistry

Boyden received the inaugural A. F. Harvey Engineering Prize for his contribution to the development of optogeneticsEarlier this week, Ed Boyden of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology received the inaugural A. F. Harvey Engineering Research Prize. The £300,000 prize was awarded to him by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, for his contribution to the development of optogenetics. This powerful technique involves introducing light-sensitive algal proteins into specific subsets of neurons, enabling them to be controlled with unprecedented precision using pulses of laser light. Boyden was scheduled to give a prize lecture in London last Tuesday, but cancelled his trip at the last minute, because his daughter was expected to be born around somewhere around the date, a few weeks earlier than anticipated. I interviewed him for the journal Science. Here's the full transcript: Mo Costandi: What are the latest developments in your lab?Ed Boyden: Our group is primarily a...

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