I am currently a PhD student at Stanford University in Electrical
Engineering, supported by a NSF Graduate
I am fascinated by both light and the brain, and I leverage optics and imaging to
understand mechanisms of neural information processing and cognitive control.
As a member of the
and Wetzstein labs, I am broadly interested in designing and using new tools to
understand the links between animal behavior and the structural and functional connectivity of neural
I am a devoted photographer; check out some of my work
I also enjoy cinematography, some of which can be seen here.
Chang J, Kauvar I, Hu X, Wetzstein G.
Variable Aperture Light Field
Photography: Overcoming the Diffraction-limited Spatio-angular Resolution
Tradeoff. IEEE CVPR
Kim CK, Yang SJ, Pichamoorthy N, Young NP, Kauvar I, Jennings JH,
Lerner TN, Berndt A, Lee SY, Ramakrishnan C, Davidson TJ, Inoue M, Bito H,
Simultaneous fast measurement of circuit dynamics at multiple
sites across the mammalian brain. Nature Methods (2016).
Tomer R, Lovett-Barron M, Kauvar I, Andalman AS, Burns VM, Sankaran
S, Grosenick L, Broxton M, Yang S, Deisseroth K.
SPED Light Sheet
Microscopy: Fast Mapping of Biological System Structure and Function. Cell 163:7 (2015). [PDF]
Yang SJ, Allen WE, Kauvar I, Andalman AS, Young NP, Kim CK, Marshel
JH, Wetzstein G., Deisseroth K.
Extended field-of-view and
increased-signal 3D holographic illumination with time-division multiplexing. Optics Express 23:25 (2015). [PDF]
Kauvar I, Yang SJ, Shi, L, McDowall I, Wetzstein G.
display via perceptually-driven factored spectral projection. ACM
Transactions on Graphics (TOG) 34:6 (2015):
Gunaydin LA*, Grosenick L*, Finkelstein JC*, Kauvar IV*, Fenno LE, Adhikari A,
Lammel S, Mirzabekov JJ, Airan RD, Zalocusky KA, Tye KM, Anikeeva P,
Malenka RC, Deisseroth K. *co-first authors
Natural Neural Projection Dynamics Underlying
Social Behavior. Cell 157.7 (2014): 1535-1551.
[ PDF | VTA-NAc social
behavior video | VTA-NAc novel
objects video | VTA social
behavior video | VTA novel
Hoke E, Sachs Quintana IT, Lloyd MT, Kauvar IV, Mateker WR, Nardes
AM, Peters CH, Kopidakis N, McGehee MD.
Role of Electron Affinity in Determining Whether Fullerenes Catalyze or
Inhibit Photooxidation of Polymers for Solar Cells. Advanced Energy
Materials 2.11 (2012): 1351-1357. [PDF]
Rivnay J, Toney MF, Zheng Y, Kauvar IV, Chen Z, Wagner V,
Facchetti A, Salleo A.
Face-On Texture and Exceptional In-Plane Order of a High Mobility n-Type
Polymer. Advanced Materials 22.39 (2010): 4359-4363. [PDF]
In 2014 I worked as a computational imaging engineer at
I spent the summer of 2013 traveling along the northern Mediterranean,
shooting rolls and rolls of black and white film. These photographs led to
a solo exhibition in the Stanford SubGallery (many of which can be viewed
In 2012-2013 I completed a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford
an IEEE Charles
Legeyt Fortescue Scholarship. I studied primarily machine learning, image
processing, and photography.
During the summer of 2012, I worked
at Apple as part of the Panel Process and Optics team where I leveraged my
background in optical physics to improve the liquid crystal display stack,
resulting in this patent.
Before I happened upon imaging, photography, and neuroscience, I was
most passionate about renewable (in particular, solar) energy
conversion. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, majoring
in Engineering Physics, I worked with Alberto
Salleo and at the National Renewable
Energy Laboratory, yielding two publications in the realm
of improved organic semiconductors
and lifetime stability of organic
some undergrad projects
Ferrofluid music visualizer
An iPod controlled sound system with a dynamic equalizer and a ferrofluid wave chamber controlled by electromagnets synced to the music. (The linked video shows the not-quite-finished product).
A sumo wrestling robot, the final project for a mechatronics class.