Ed Boyden is the Benesse Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute. He leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops tools for controlling and observing the dynamic circuits of the brain and uses these neurotechnologies to understand how cognition and emotion arise from brain network operation, as well as to enable systematic repair of intractable brain disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, post- traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain. The tools his group has invented include a suite of 'optogenetic' tools that are now in use by hundreds of groups around the world for activating and silencing neurons with light.
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Ed Boyden's TED Talk on a neuron light switch
Ed Boyden's profile on the MIT Media Lab website
Ed Boyden's profile on the Synthetic Neurobiology Group website
McGovern Institute Profile
Ed Boyden's profile on the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT website