Deisseroth is the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry at Stanford, and an HHMI Investigator. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard, MD/PhD from Stanford, and board-certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has employed the optogenetics and CLARITY technologies developed in his lab to discover neural cell types and connections that cause adaptive and maladaptive behaviors. He is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine, US National Academy of Sciences, and German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). Deisseroth was the recipient for optogenetics of the 2010 Koetser Prize, 2010 Nakasone Prize (HFSP), 2011 Spencer Prize, 2013 Lounsbery Prize (National Academy of Sciences), 2014 Dickson Prize in Science, 2015 Keio Prize (Japan), 2015 Lurie Prize (Foundation for the NIH), 2015 Albany Prize, and 2015 Dickson Prize in Medicine.
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