Ed Boyden

MIT Media Lab

Prof. Ed Boyden’s lab develops tools that enable the mapping of the molecules and wiring of the brain, the recording and control of its neural dynamics, and the repair of its dysfunction. He is a co-inventor of Optogenetics. His lab distributes the tools as freely as possible to the scientific community, and also apply them to the systematic analysis of brain computations, aiming to reveal the fundamental mechanisms of brain function, and yielding new, ground-truth therapeutic strategies for neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Boyden received degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, and physics from MIT. Boyden was named by Discover Magazine as one of the top 20 scientists under 40. Boyden won many awards including Spanish BBVA Prize, the Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award, the Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences, the Schuetze Prize, the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award, the Grete Lundbeck Brain Prize, and the Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize. Boyden was honored with the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, awarded for “transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life“.


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