Illuminating The Brain

Posted On: November 20, 2019

The department was honored to host Dr. Karl Deisseroth, Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, as the speaker for the 2019 Gail Gasser Lecture. He is recognized for creating and developing the technologies of CLARITY and optogenetics, and for applying integrated optical and genetic strategies to study normal neural circuit function as well as dysfunction in neurological and psychiatric disease. Dr. Deisseroth presented his highly anticipated research to a packed Rubenstein auditorium with members from across the University. The Gail Gasser Lectureship was established to bring a distinguished scientist working on the genetic aspects of Parkinson’s Disease, other neurodegenerative diseases, or neuroscience to the Perelman School of Medicine each fall. Dr. David Gasser, an Emeritus Professor of Genetics at Penn, endowed the lectureship in honor of his wife, Gail Gasser. The Lectureship is designed to further the interaction of students and faculty and to promote interest in neurogenetics at Penn. Judging from the massive audience drawn for Dr. Deisseroth, we are happy to declare this event is successfully honoring Dr. Gasser’s intent. The next Gail Gasser Lecture will will take place on October 26, 2020 with a seminar from Dr. Maria Spillantini.