Mark J. Schnitzer is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and an Associate Professor at Stanford University with a joint appointment in the Departments of Biology and of Applied Physics.
Dr. Schnitzer is the Co-Director of the Cracking the Neural Code Program and is a faculty member of the Neuroscience, Biophysics, and Molecular Imaging Programs in the Stanford School of Medicine, as well as of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute and Stanford Bio-X. Dr. Schnitzer has longstanding interests in neural circuit dynamics and optical imaging, and his optical innovations are used in over a hundred neuroscience labs in the USA, Europe and Asia, and in the neuropharmaceutical industry. The miniature integrated fluorescence microscope invented in his lab was named the 2013 Innovation of the Year by The Scientist magazine. Dr. Schnitzer has received the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the Biophysical Society’s Michael and Kate Bárány Award, and a Presidential Young Investigator Award, and was a finalist for the 2013 Israel Brain Prize. He is a member of the National Institutes of Health working group for President Obama's BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies).
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