The award of an Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) program grant to Alipasha Vaziri was announced recently. We congratulate Alipasha on his success in this highly competitive global selection process. The project, entitled 'In vivo functional imaging and high-resolution manipulations of hippocampal memory circuits’ will be investigated jointly with collaborators from the University of Strasbourg as well as Columbia University in New York and the University of Texas. The HFSP offers research support to promote intercontinental collaboration and training in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in the life sciences. The applicants involved physicists, neuroscientists, molecular biologists and chemists and only 33 grantholders were chosen from 800 applicants.
Alipasha Vaziri will be teaching two lectures this semesters at the University of Vienna. The courses are entitled 'Biological frontiers of physics' and 'Seven influential physics tools for biologists'. More information can be found by clicking on the links above or on our website. The exact schedules and venues are posted in the Vorlesungsverzeichnis.
Recently, a review paper entitled "Reshaping the optical dimension in optogenetics" by Alipasha and his collaborator, Valentina Emiliani from the CNRS in Paris, got published in Current Opinion in Neurobiology. In the paper, they discuss and compare the main new optical techniques that have become available in recent years in the field of optogenetics. The paper can be accessed by clicking here.