Mind & Machine

Programme on Mind and Machine

What are we doing?
We have put together a collaboration of biologists, engineers and computer scientists to work on developing and applying technology that will allow the observation of and intervention in brain function.

Why is it important?
Advances in understanding how the brain works are rapidly leading to new possibilities for intervention in brain function. The ability of brains and machines to talk to each other directly is fast becoming a very real possibility. This raises profound ethical issues related to understanding behaviour and potentially manipulating it, so called ‘mind control’.

How are we different?
A pioneer in the field of optogenetics – genetically modifying nerve cells to respond to light – has teamed up with one of Oxford’s leading psychiatrists to create a new kind of research collaboration that will not only advance the science of brain intervention but also develop robust insights into the ethical, legal and social implications of such research.

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Categories: Ethics & Governance

Selected Projects


Jonathan Flint

Professor Jonathan Flint

Professor of Molecular Psychiatry
Gero Miesenböck

Professor Gero Miesenböck

Waynflete Professor of Physiology
Scott Waddell

Professor Scott Waddell

Professor of Neurobiology


Gaurav Das

Dr Gaurav Das

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Korneel Hens

Dr Korneel Hens

Group Leader
Wolf Huetteroth

Dr Wolf Huetteroth

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Suewei Lin

Dr Suewei Lin

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Andrew Lin

Dr Andrew Lin

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
Hannah Maslen

Dr Hannah Maslen

Junior Research Fellow
David Owald

Dr David Owald

Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow
Moshe Parnas

Dr Moshe Parnas

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Emmanuel Perisse

Dr Emmanuel Perisse

Postdoctoral Research Assistant