Sculpted Light in the Brain

June 9, 2017 • 8:30 am – 7:00 pm

Stanley Hall, Room 105, UC Berkeley


“Sculpted Light in the Brain” is a one-day conference and workshop aimed at fostering collaborations between neuroscientists, computer scientists, optics researchers, and other scientists who share the common interest of developing better technology to observe and control neural activity in the awake, behaving brain. “Sculpted Light” refers to a broad class of methods where light is shaped to probe neural function.

This meeting aims to promote future collaboration opportunities by gathering established scientists and the next generation of researchers from these fields to discuss future technologies that will enable real time optical communication with the living brain.


Neurophotonics is inviting submissions from participants at SLB 2017 to submit a paper based on the work presented there, as well as those researchers who were not able to attend but have work to contribute that meets the scope of this special section.

Submission guidelines and more information can be found here.

Deadline is September 2017.


8:00 amRegistration Opens
8:30 amWelcome
8:45 amNa Ji
"Video-rate Volumetric Functional Imaging of the Brain at Synaptic Resolution"
9:20 amEhud Isacoff
"Reading and Writing Synaptic Activity at Excitatory Synapses"
9:55 amTommaso Fellin
"Two-photon Patterned Illumination for Imaging and Manipulating Brain Networks with High Spatiotemporal Resolution in Vivo"
10:30 amCoffee Break
11:10 amHillel Adesnik
"Precise Bidirectional Control of Custom Neural Activity Patterns"
11:45 amEvan Miller
"Electrophysiology Unplugged: Fluorescent Indicators to Probe Membrane Potential"
12:20 pmLunch / Poster Hour
1:40 pm Laura Waller
"Computational Microscopy"
2:15 pmMichael Lin
"Two-photon Imaging of Voltage in the Brain"
2:50 pmMichael Hausser
"Strategies for All-optical Interrogation of Neural Circuits"
3:25 pm Coffee Break
4:05 pmRafael Piestun
"Sculpting Light in 3D Space, Time and Complex Media"
4:40 pm Valentina Emiliani
"Two Photon Optogenetics and Wave Front Shaping"
5:15 pm Rafael Yuste
"Playing the Piano with Neural Circuits: Holographic Two-photon Imaging and Optogenetics in 3D"
5:50 pm Closing / Poster Awards
6:00 pm Social Hour


Laura Waller

UC Berkeley

Na Ji

UC Berkeley

Michael Lin


Bernardo Sabatini

Harvard Medical School

Michael Hausser

University College London

Hillel Adesnik

UC Berkeley

Ehud Isacoff

UC Berkeley

Tommaso Fellin

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Rafael Yuste

Columbia University

Valentina Emiliani

L'Université Paris Descartes

Rafael Piestun

University of Colorado, Boulder


SLB 2017

A one-day conference and workshop hosted at UC Berkeley on June 9, 2017. For more info contact us at:

Organizing Committee

Dr. Alan Mardinly, (MCB)
Li-Hao Yeh, PhD Candidate (EECS)
Dr. Nicolas Pegard, (MCB, EECS)
Regina Eckert, PhD Candidate (EECS)
Dr. Ian Antón Oldenburg, (MCB)

Faculty Sponsors

Prof. Laura Waller
Prof. Hillel Adesnik