Viviana Gradinaru, PhD
Assistant Professor, California Institute of Technology
Viviana is Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at Caltech as well as the faculty director of the Beckman Institute Center for Optogenetics and CLARITY. She has recently been awarded the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and been honored as a World Economic Forum Young Scientist and as one of Cell’s 40 under 40. Viviana is also a Pew Scholar, Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator, and Kimmel Scholar for Cancer Research. Her research interests focus on developing tools and methods for neuroscience (optogenetic actuators and sensors; tissue clearing and imaging) as well as on investigating the mechanisms underlying deep brain stimulation (DBS) and on the long-term effects of DBS on neuronal health, function, and ultimately behavior.