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Neuroscientist Ed Boyden discussing two inventions of his that have revolutionized neuroscience: optogenetics and expansion microscopy.
Enhancing human physical capability
Optogenetic techniques have recently been applied to peripheral nerves as a scientific tool with the translatable go...
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
Space Exploration Initiative
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
Revealing insights into the human condition and repairing brain disorders via novel tools for mapping and fixing brain computations
Building socially engaging robots and interactive technologies to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better
Extending expression, learning, and health through innovations in musical composition, performance, and participation
Advancing wellbeing by using new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
Recent advances in medications for neurodegenerative disorders are expanding opportunities for improving the debilitating symptoms suffer...
Revisit Human 2.0, a 2007 Media Lab symposium focused on the future of human adaptability.
Center for Extreme Bionics
The brain is a three-dimensional, densely-wired circuit that computes via large sets of widely distributed neurons interacting at fast ti...
A powerful tool to excite neurons using light is helping researchers to map the brain’s connections.
New technologies for recording neural activity, controlling neural activity, or building brain circuits, may be capable someday of servin...
We are providing our tools to the community, and also using them within our lab, to analyze how specific brain mechanisms (molecular, cel...
We have pioneered the development of fully genetically encoded reagents that, when targeted to specific cells, enable their physiology to...
Complex biological systems such as brain circuits are extended 3-D structures made out of nanoscale building blocks such as proteins, RNA...
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows honors those who have made o...
MIT scientist is among three recognized for the discovery of optogenetics.
Fluorescent sensor allows imaging of neurons' electrical communications, without electrodes
Scientists have created a hair-thin implant that can drip medications deep into the brain by remote control and with pinpoint precision.
We present an 8K (7680 x 4320 pixels) visualization system for terabyte-scale, three-dimensional microscopy images of a brain slice that ...
Focused laser beam could help scientists map connections among neurons that underlie behavior
Lower-extremity amputation surgery has not seen significant change since the Civil War. This research is focused on the development of no...
Eric Topol, editor-in-chief of Medscape, interviews Synthetic Neurobiology head Ed Boyden.
Patch clamping, a method that allows scientists to study the electrical activity of single cells, is one of the oldest tools in the neuro...
Author Todd Balf gets a front-row seat as Hugh Herr plots his next big act—a $100 million project to end a slate of disabling conditions
Success rate is comparable to that of highly trained scientists performing the process manually
You’ll likely hear Hugh Herr before you see him.The charismatic leader of MIT’s biomechatronics research group wears two next-generation ...
Enlarging clinical samples for imaging to understand the building blocks of pathologies with nanoscale precision
Why was Einstein’s brain so good at some things and not others? Why is yours?
The technique, tested in rodents, could yield better sensation and control of prosthetic limbs
Muscle grafts could help amputees sense and control artificial limbs.
High-resolution imaging with conventional microscopes:Tissue-expansion technique could allow scientists to map brain circuits.
We have developed a set of "optogenetic" reagents: fully genetically encoded reagents that, when targeted to specifi...