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Optical Manipulation of Neurons

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Channelrhodopsins, light-sensitive proteins derived from green algae, are the natural photo-electric transducers. They are now applied to drive nerve cells and cardiac muscles by light under the name of optogenetics. We are generating and distributing channelrhodopsin variants optimized for optogenetics, animals such as mice, rats and zebrafishes as well as culture cells that are harboring channelrhodopsin variants. We are also developing the optical systems for manipulating above materials by light.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry
Drug discovery (assay/screening), Environment assessment, Medical devices, eg. a pacemaker replacing electricity with light as signaling.

Researchers

Graduate School of Life Sciences

YAWO, Hiromu , Professor
MD, PhD

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Publications
Optogenetics (Dahlem Workshop Reports), Eds: Peter Hegemann, Stephan Sigrist, Walter de Gruyter & Co., 2013.
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