Biography Karl Deisseroth
Karl Deisseroth, born November 18, 1971; Boston, USA MD PhD, is the DH Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, California, USA.
Honors and awards
- 2013 The Richard Lounsbery Prize
- 2012 The UNC/Perl and the Zuelch Prize
- 2011 The Alden Spencer Prize
- 2010 The Nakasone Prize
- 2005 The NIH Director’s Pioneer research award funding
- Member of the National Academy of Sciences, and of the US Institute of Medicine
Current research interests
My work is focused on developing and applying methods for studying intact biological systems with fine spatiotemporal resolution, and high molecular and genetic specificity. In developing optogenetics between 2004 and 2013, my team integrated genetics and optics to enable experimental gain- or loss-of-function of well-defined events in specific cell-types within intact systems, using genes taken from evolutionarily distant organisms such as algae and archaebacteria. Since my transduction of microbial opsins into neurons in 2004, my applications of my technologies have spanned from basic work on motivated behavior to disease-focused work on Parkinsonism, anxiety, social dysfunction, depression, and other neuropsychiatric diseases.