How to re-engineer a brain

08 December 2010

Portrait of Professor Gero Miesenböck

with Professor Gero Miesenböck
Waynflete Professor of Physiology

Oxford Martin Senior Alumni FellowGero Miesenböck was the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Mind & Machine, which was part of the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour. He studied medicine at the University of Innsbruck in his native...

Professor Gero Miesenboeck, Co-Director of the Programme on Mind and Machine, gives a talk at TEDGlobal 2010 about his pioneering research into optogenetics – genetically modifying nerve cells to respond to light. Optogenetics allows researchers to track a nerve’s function more clearly, to gather better evidence on how electrical impulses on tissue translate into actual behaviour and thoughts.