Gero Miesenböck, born July 15, 1965, Braunau, Austria, MD, Waynflete Professor of Physiology, Director, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
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My research seeks to identify elementary neural circuits that perform fundamental operations, such as integrating information over time, applying decision thresholds, computing error signals, and storing memories. Much of this work is done in fruit flies, where principles of brain function with direct relevance to human health can be dissected with unparalleled precision. Optogenetic control has been a key enabling technology in this research. It has allowed us to link activity in defined neuronal populations causally to the expression of behavior, delineate how neurons are wired into circuits, and test ideas about how these circuits work.