Group Members

Principal Investigator

Karl Deisseroth
deissero at

Karl received his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1992, his PhD from Stanford in 1998, and his MD from Stanford in 2000. He completed postdoctoral training, medical internship, and adult psychiatry residency at Stanford, and he was board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2006. He tries to find spare time for flyfishing.


Felicity Gore
fgore at

Felicity received her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge (2009), before obtaining her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University (2016). During her graduate studies in the laboratories of Richard Axel and Daniel Salzman, Felicity developed activity-dependent labelling approaches to examine the neural circuits that connect sensory stimuli to behavioral output. As a joint post doc in the Deisseroth and Malenka labs, Felicity is interested in understanding the neural circuits that mediate complex motivated behaviors.

Antonia Drinnenberg
drinnenb at

Antonia received a Bachelor's degree in Biology from ETH Zurich and a Master's degree in Computational and System Neuroscience from University of Zurich, Switzerland. In 2017 she completed her PhD in the group of Botond Roska at the FMI Basel, Switzerland. During her graduate work she studied the function of interneuron types in the retina combining genetic, viral, physiological, and computational approaches. After a short postdoc at the FMI, she joined the Deisseroth lab in 2018. In the D-lab she will continue pursuing her passion for dissecting neuronal circuits using targeted perturbations and plans to study brain-wide activity patterns during sensory-guided behaviour.

Jiayi Dou
doujy at

Jiayi studied chemical physics at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) as an undergraduate. She then moved to the United States and completed her Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her graduate work in David Baker's lab was focused on computational design and biochemical characterization of de novo small molecule binding proteins. As a postdoc in the Deisseroth lab, Jiayi is interested in exploring neuroscience problems by developing and using novel protein tools.

Tim Machado
tamachado at

Tim studied cognitive science and computer science at the University of California, San Diego. He then completed his Ph.D in neuroscience at Columbia University in 2015, working with Thomas Jessell and Liam Paninski. In his graduate studies, Tim used two-photon calcium imaging to study the neural circuits mediating locomotor behavior. After obtaining his doctorate, Tim founded a neurotechnology startup before joining the Deisseroth lab. As a postdoc, he is interested in using closed loop methods to study global brain dynamics.

Masatoshi Inoue
minoue2 at

Masa received his bachelor's degree in Biophysics and Biochemistry from the University of Tokyo in Japan. He completed his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Tokyo in 2013 in Haruhiko Bito's lab, developing calcium and FRET indicators to interrogate functional neuronal circuits and synapses. In the Deisseroth Lab, he is interested in applying newly developed genetic and optical tools to understand prefrontal neuronal circuits under social behavior.

Carrie Shilyansky
cshilyan at

Carrie received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Caltech in 2001 and her PhD in neuroscience from UCLA in 2009 as part of a combined MD/PhD program completed in 2011. Her graduate work in Alcino Silva's lab explored molecular regulation of the balance of inhibition to excitation within corticostriatal networks, in particular related to working memory deficits associated with a neurogenetic disorder, NF1. In the Deisseroth lab, she is using novel optical tools to explore emergence and regulation of brain wide networks implicated in depression.

Xiao Wang
wangxiao at

Xiao received her bachelor degree in chemistry from Peking University in China (2010) and her Ph.D in chemistry from the University of Chicago (2015). During her graduate work in Prof Chuan He's lab, she investigated the roles of dynamic RNA methylation in post- transcriptional gene regulation. As a postdoc in Prof Deisseroth's lab, she plans to apply or adapt CLARITY to study gene expression patterns underlying brain activity.

Emily Sylwestrak
emily8 at

Emily received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. She completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in 2011 in the lab of Anirvan Ghosh, studying the role of adhesion molecules in determining the electrophysiological properties of hippocampal interneurons. She continued working on the molecular control of synapse function at F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel, Switzerland before joining the D-lab in 2014. As a postdoc, she plans to work on improving the versatility of the CLARITY technique for visualizing different types of biomolecules.

Huiliang (Evan) Wang
whl0903 at

Evan completed his undergraduate studies in Materials Science from University of Oxford in the UK. He then came to Stanford University for his PhD with Prof Zhenan Bao. His thesis project was on polymer sorting of semiconducting carbon nanotubes and their applications in flexible electronics. As a postdoc in Prof Deisseroth's lab, he is interested in developing better technologies for understanding and controlling brain activity.

Josh Jennings
joshjennings at

Josh received his bachelor's degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009, and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his graduate work in Garret Stuber's lab, he utilized in vivo cell type-specific electrophysiological and optical methods to monitor the activity dynamics of discrete motivated behavioral states. In the Deisseroth lab, he plans to use optical techniques to selectively monitor and perturb neural network activity patterns.

Aaron Andalman
aandal at

Aaron received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Stanford in 1999 and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from MIT in 2009. During graduate school he studied the function of basal ganglia-thalamocortical circuits in motor learning behaviors. As a postdoc, he is interested in studying the principles of reward learning using optical methods for observing and manipulating neural circuits. Outside of lab he enjoys piano, tennis, squash, basketball, and recreational programming.

James Marshel
jmarshel at

Jim received a dual Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology-Neurobiology and Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in 2011. During his graduate work in Ed Callaway's lab at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Jim developed and applied tools for revealing single microcircuits in mammalian cortex. He studied functional circuit processing throughout the visual system, including thalamus, primary visual cortex and extrastriate visual areas using in vivo two-photon imaging, calcium sensors and viral tracers. In the Deisseroth Lab, Jim is applying novel methods for in vivo single cell optogenetic stimulation to dissect cortical circuit computations during sensation and behavior. He aims to understand the role of local circuit plasticity and recurrent connections in driving cortical circuit output and behavior.

Li Ye
liye02 at

Li received his bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Tsinghua University in China and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. During his Ph.D. work with Bruce Spiegelman, he used chemical biology tools to study the transcriptional control of energy metabolism. In the Deisseroth Lab, he's interested in using brain-wide mapping tools to understand the circuit basis of mouse behavior.

Matthew Lovett-barron
mattlb at

Matt received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 2009, and his PhD in Neuroscience from Columbia University in 2014. During his graduate studies in Attila Losonczy's lab, Matt used electrophysiology, cell type-specific inactivation, in vivo calcium imaging, and behavioral analysis to discover that dendrite-targeting interneurons in the hippocampus control input-output transformations and the encoding of context during fear learning. In the Deisseroth lab he is using optical methods to investigate brain-wide activity patterns.

Lief Fenno
lfenno at

Lief received his Bachelors degree in neurobiology from Harvard, where he worked at the intersection of human embryonic stem cells and Parkinson's disease. Afterward, he continued this endevor at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Boston before joining the Stanford Neuroscience program as a MD/PhD student. He's currently working with the effort to engineer opsin function and delivery and investigating social behavior.

Christina Kim
kimck at

Tina received an A.B. in Molecular Biology and a minor in Quantitative and Computational Neuroscience at Princeton University. She is currently in the Neurosciences Ph.D. Program at Stanford. She is interested in using optical measurements and perturbation of neuronal activity to study circuit dynamics in awake, behaving animals.

Graduate Students

Ethan Richman
richman at

Ethan received an ScB in Applied Math-Biology from Brown University in 2013 and is currently a PhD student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program at Stanford. Previously, he developed a genetic method for anterograde transsynaptic labeling with Gilad Barnea at Brown University. He is interested in developing genetic techniques to better manipulate and interrogate neural circuit dynamics. Ethan is co-advised by Professor Liqun Luo.

Misha Raffiee
mraffiee at

Misha received a bachelor's degree in Bioengineering and Business Economics and Management from Caltech, and is currently in the Bioengineering PhD program at Stanford. She is interested in developing novel opsins to expand the optogenetics toolkit, and applying optical tools to investigate dynamics of neural circuits underlying behavior.

Sam Vesuna
svesuna at

Sam received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University in 2012, and is currently a PhD student in the Bioengineering program at Stanford.

Yoon Seok Kim
kys8892 at

Yoon received his Bachelor's degree in neurobiology in 2013 and his M.S. in biology in 2014 from Stanford University. During his Masters degree, He studied the biochemistry of postsynaptic and presynaptic membrane proteins in Thomas Sudhof's lab. He is currently in the Bioengineering Ph.D. program at Stanford, and is co-advised by Dr. Brian Kobilka. He is working to understand mechanisms of different opsins and develop new tools for neuroscience research.

William Allen
wallen at

Will received an ScB in Applied Mathematics-Biology from Brown University in 2012, an MPhil in Computational Biology from the University of Cambridge in 2013, and is currently a PhD student in the Neurosciences program at Stanford. He is interested in developing and applying genetic, optical, and computational tools to measure and manipulate neural circuit dynamics. He is coadvised by Prof. Liqun Luo in the Department of Biology.

Noah Young
npyoung at

Noah holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University where he majored in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics & Statistics. Today he works on novel neural stimulation methods, whole-brain imaging of neural dynamics in larval zebrafish, and computational tools for the big data problems that arise from volumetric neural imaging datasets.

Isaac Kauvar
ikauvar at

Isaac received a B.S. in Engineering Physics with a specialty in photonics fro Stanford, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus on imaging and optimization, also from Stanford, and is currently a PhD student in the Electrical Engineering program at Stanford. He is coadvised by Prof. Gordon Wetzstein in EE.


Cynthia Delacruz
cdelacruz at

Program Manager, CNC Administrative Services Manager, Deisseroth Lab

Research Assistants

Alexander Shiang Lun

Rebecca Tien

Elle Yuen

Cephra Raja

Adelaida Chibukhchyan

Ailey Crow

Sean Quirin,

Nandini Pichamoorthy

Ai-Chi Wang

Charu Ramakrishnan
Lab manager, Clark

Sally Pak
Lab manager, CNC

Maisie Lo
Laboratory and education manager

Connie Lee

Kristin Overton
CLARITY workshop manager

Kathryn Evans


Susanna Bradbury

Daniel Tang

Michael Zhu Chen


I-Ping (Sophia) Lee
Research Assistant 2016-2017

Alice Shi On Hong
Research Assistant 2014-2015

Jeanne T. Paz
Research Associate 2013-2014

Melissa Warden
Post-doc -2014

Tom Davidson
Post-doc -2015

Avishek Adhikari
Post-doc -2017

Paul Kalanithi
Post-doc -2015

Talia Lerner
Post-doc -2017

Soo Yeun Lee
Post-doc -2017

Andre Berndt
Post-doc -2017

Raju Tomer
Post-doc 2013-2016

Priya Rajasethupathy
Post-doc 2013-2017

Conor Liston
Post-doctorate -2014

Logan Grosenick
Graduate Student -2015

Joanna Mattis
Graduate Student -2014

Kelly Zalocusky
Graduate Student 2010-2016

Werapong (joe) Goo
Graduate Student -2014

Emily Ferenczi
Graduate Student -2015

Aslihan Selimbeyoglu
Graduate Student -2016

Vanessa Burns
Graduate Student 2011-2016

Samuel Yang
Graduate student 2011-2016

Ariane Tom
Graduate student 2013-2017

Haley Swanson
Research Assistant -2014

Debha Amatya
Undergrad 2013-2014

Anna Jaffe
Undergrad -2017

Raghu Yabaluri
M.s. 2005

Handhini Nandiwada Santhanam
M.s. 2007

Yuqing Gong
M.s. 2006

Ed Boyden
Postdoc 2005-2006

Cathy Han
M.s. 2007

Vicki Parente
B.s. 2007

Myriam Cordey
Postdoc 2005-2006

Albrecht Stroh
Postdoc 2006-2007

Alex Aravanis
Postdoc 2006-2007

Mani Roy
Scientist 2005-2007

Ellora Karmarker
Undergrad 2005-2007

Leslie Meltzer
Grad Student 2004-2008

Feng Zhang
Graduate student 2004-2009

Liping Wang
Post-doc 2005-2007

Jin Hung Lee
Post-doc 2007-2009

Raag Airan
Graduate student 2005-2009

Ramin Pashaie
Post-doc 2007-2009

Bret Schneider
Staff Scientist 2006-2010

Vikaas Sohal
Post-doc 2006-2010

Ragu Vijaykumar
Graduate student 2006-2010

Hannah Bernstein
Undergrad 2007-2010

Hosniya Zarabi
Undergrad 2008-2010

Matt Brodsky
Undergrad 2009-2010

Hsing-chen Tsai
Graduate student 2006-2010

Polina Anikeeva
Post-doc 2008-2010

Murtaza Mogri
Grad Student 2006-2011

Remy Durand
Grad Student 2007-2011

Ilka Diester
Post-doc 2008-2011

Ofer Yizhar
Post-doc 2008-2011

Kay Tye
Post-doc 2008-2011

David Lin
Post-doc 2010-2012

Ilana Witten
Post-doc 2008-2012

Anselm Levskaya
Post-doc 2009-2011

Nancy Wang
Research Assistant 2011-2012

Viviana Gradinaru
Graduate Student 2006-2010

Kim Thompson
Post-doc 2007-2012

Inbal Goshen
Post-doc 2008-2012

Chris Lee-messer
Post-doc 2009-2012

Divya Chander
Post-doc 2009-2012

Chris Towne
Post-doc 2010-2012

Ryan Squire
Grad Student 2008-2012

Joel Finkelstein
Research Assistant 2009-2011

Sandhiya Kalyanasundaram
Research Assistant 2010-2012

Zhiqiang Chen
Research Assistant 2008-2012

Kwanghun Chung
Post-doc -2013

Rohit Prakash
Graduate student -2012

Lisa Gunaydin
Grad Student -2013

Minsuk Hyun
Undergrad -2013

Jenelle Wallace
Undergrad -2013

Sung-yon Kim
Graduate student -2013

Jule Mirzabekov
Research Assistant -2013

Chelsey Perry
Research Assistant -2014