Remote Control to Switch Neurons On: This presentation will be given in Spanish

Colloquium | June 25 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 271 Oakland Public Library

 3301 East 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94601

 Miriam Hernandez-Morales, UC Berkeley


The brain is the most complex and fascinating organ because it makes us who we are. The brain produces each of our thoughts, decisions, feelings, learnings, and memories. Humankind has been intrigued for a long time with questions such as: how does the brain work? How are the billion neurons interconnected in a human brain? How is information coded by the neurons? Although we still lack all the answers, we may be close to cracking the secrets of the brain.

In this talk, Dr. Miriam Hernández-Morales will explore the complex and incredible brain, including its neurons and neural networks. Moreover, she will talk about the project she is developing at the Helen Wills Institute of Neuroscience (UC Berkeley). The goal of Miriam´s research project is to develop a new technology to remotely control the neuronal activity to explore the neuronal codes responsible for diverse brain functions.

“I was born in San Luis Potosí, México. Since my very first chemistry class (in a small town called Matehuala), I have decided to be a ccientist. Later, while I was studying Chemistry Pharmacobiology (San Luis Potosí), I became really interested in the study of the brain. I did my Ph.D. studies at the Institute of Neurobiology (UNAM) studying astrocytes, a type of brain cells. In addition, I did research stays in Spain (Instituto Cajal and IBGM) and Chile (Universidad de Concepción). Finally, I joined to Chunlei Liu’s group to develop a magnetogenetic technique to control the activity of neurons with magnetic fields. We started this project at Duke University (NC) and later we moved to UC Berkeley, where I currently work as a research associate specialist.”