Spotted A roundup of autism papers and media mentions you may have missed.
News / Spotted

Spotted: Bright idea; IMFAR frenzy

by  /  15 May 2015

May 11th

Bright idea

What if you could control individual neurons in a living brain with a flash of blue light? The idea, now known as optogenetics, seemed absurd just a decade ago. Then Karl Deisseroth made it happen. A profile of the 43-year-old Stanford University psychiatrist in the 18 May issue of The New Yorker details his inspiring journey from dreamer to doyen, with adorable quotes from his neuroscientist-wife, Michelle Monje. “It’s like Beatlemania,” Monje says of her husband’s rock star status at neuroscience meetings. “I realized, I’m married to a Beatle. The nerdy Beatle.” Deisseroth also created CLARITY, a technique that renders postmortem brains transparent to reveal perfectly intact neurons.


Log in to your Spectrum Wiki account

Email Address:



Request your Spectrum Wiki account

Spectrum Wiki is a community of researchers affiliated with an academic or research institutions. To be considered for participation, please fill out this form and a member of our team will respond to your request.


Email Address:

Title and Lab:

Area of Expertise: