Brenton Laing, Ph.D.
Dr. Brenton Laing is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cellular and Neurocomputational Systems Branch. His research focuses on aversive states from the perspective of integrating neuronal circuits and behavior. The goal of this research is to identify brain circuits involved in the etiology of disorders characterized by aversive states, such as withdrawal from drug addiction. He received a Ph.D. in bioenergetics from East Carolina University.
About This Talk
This is an introduction to the use of light to control activity of nerve cells (neurons). Dr. Laing will describe the invention of optogenetics, fundamentals of how this technology works, and show examples of behavioral control by manipulation of neuronal activity. His goal is to have the audience think of the possibilities of using optogenetic technology in the future.
Audiences: elementary school, middle school
Elementary and Middle School
High School and College