Sculpted Light in the Brain

June 20-21, 2019 | The Royal Society

Presented by Thorlabs and Bruker



8:30 amRegistration and check-in
9:00 amWelcome
9:15 amMichael Hausser
"All-optical interrogation of neural circuit function and behavior"
9:45 amTommaso Fellin
"Bidirectional all-optical control of cell excitability with high spatial resolution"
10:15 amDarcy Peterka
"Shooting cells for fun or profit"
10:45 amCoffee Break
11:15 amElizabeth Hillman
"Real-time imaging of whole-brain activity"
11:45 amElizabeth Carroll
"Towards optical control of synapse development"
12:15 pmManish Kumar
12:30 pmSponsored Talk
12:45 pmLunch
13:45 pmSara Abrahamsson
"What is the best approach to optical sectioning in multifocus microscopy?"
14:15 pmAlipasha Vaziri
"Large-scale volumetric recording of neuronal circuit dynamics"
14:45 pmGrace Kuo
15:00 pmCoffee Break
15:30 pmChris Xu
"Imaging deeper, wider, and faster"
16:00 pmHillel Adesnik
"Optimization of 3D holographic optogenetics"
16:30 pmKayvon Daie
16:45 pmPoster Session and Reception


8:30 amCheck-in
9:00 amWelcome
9:15 amRafael Yuste
"Controlling visually-guided behavior by holographic recalling of cortical ensembles"
9:45 amEmily Gibson
"Three-dimensional multiphoton imaging in freely moving animals: Bringing the microscope to the mouse"
10:15 amMonika Ritsch-Marte
"Sculpting light in 3D with a spatial light modulator: Are you sure you actually get what you expect?"
10:45 amCoffee Break
11:15 amBernardo Sabatini
"Controlling and knowing the spatiotemporal profile fluorescence in fiber photometry"
11:45 amShy Shoham
"Precise, faithful optical probing of perceptual detection with sculpted light"
12:15 pmAndrea Giovannucci
12:30 pmSponsored Talk
12:45 pmLunch
13:45 pmChris Harvey
"Using single-neuron perturbations to probe computations in local neural populations"
14:15 pmRosa Cossart
"Hub cells in the developing barrel cortex in vivo"
14:45 pmMonica Gonzales
15:00 pmLinlin Fan
15:15 pmCoffee Break
15:30 pmValentina Emiliani
"Light sculpting and circuits optogenetics"
16:00 pmKeynote: Karl Deisseroth
"Neural circuit dynamics of brain states"
16:30 pmClosing Remarks


In the case of emergency, please exit the building in an orderly fashion and assemble at the rally point, which is the Duke of York stairs just outside the main building exit and to the right.


Sculpted Light in the Brain is a recurring conference (founded in 2017) aimed at fostering collaborations between neuroscientists, computer scientists, optics researchers, and other scientists who share the common interest of using and developing novel technologies 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.


Alipasha Vaziri

Rockefeller University

Chris Xu

Cornell University

Elizabeth Hillman

Columbia University

Christopher Harvey

Harvard Medical School

Darcy Peterka

Columbia University

Shy Shoham

New York University

Rosa Cossart


Sara Abrahamsson

UC Santa Cruz

Bernardo Sabatini

Harvard University

Hillel Adesnik

UC Berkeley

Michael Hausser

University College London

Rafael Yuste

Columbia University

Emily Gibson

University of Colorado, Denver

Elizabeth Caroll

TU Delft

Valentina Emiliani

Institut de la Vision

Monika Ritsch-Marte

Medical University of Innsbruck

Karl Deisseroth

Stanford University

Tommaso Fellin

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia



Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy
Northwestern University

Alan Mardinly

Ian Antón Oldenburg
University of California, Berkeley

Adam Packer
Oxford University

Eirini Papagiakoumou
Université Paris Descartes

Nicolas Pégard
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

SLB 2019

A two-day conference at The Royal Society in London on June 20-21, 2019. Please read our code of conduct.

This event is not organized or endorsed by the Royal Society.


Sculpted Light in the Brain 2019 is put on by SLBA,  a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit corporation. If you’re interested in sponsoring this or future Sculpted Light Meetings, contact us at

View our past conference: SLB 2017