Ed Boyden

Ed Boyden

Edward S. Boyden III, born August 18, 1979, Plano, Texas, USA. BS Physics, BS Electrical Engineering Computer Science, MEng Electrical Engineering Computer Science, MIT PhD, Neurosciences, Stanford University, California, USA Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute, Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Honors and awards

  • 2011  The AF Harvey Prize
  • 2011  Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize
  • 2010  Paul Allen Distinguished Investigator Award in Neuroscience
  • 2007  Society for Neuroscience, Research Award for Innovation in Neuroscience
  • 2007 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

Current research interests

My group at MIT develops tools for analyzing and engineering brain circuits. Driven by the goal of optical control of targeted neurons, in 2000 Deisseroth and I began to discuss using opsins to manipulate neural activity, and in early 2004 we established a collaboration with Nagel and Bamberg that led to a successful demonstration of opsin-mediated neural activation that summer.  My group continues to introduce optogenetic tool classes into neuroscience, including halorhodopsins (2007) and bacteriorhodopsins (2010) for optical neural silencing.  We optimize these opsins for novel neuroscientific applications, and develop complementary technologies such as scalable neural recording technologies.