Michael Yartsev

Michael Yartsev

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Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Assistant Professor, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
Assistant Professor, Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

282 Li Ka Shing
UC Berkeley

For more information, see: http://www.michaelyartsev.com/

Research Areas

Biomedical Imaging & Instrumentation and Neural Systems Engineering & Vision Science

Research Interests

Our lab seeks to understand the neural basis of complex spatial and acoustic behaviors in mammals. To do so, we use one of the most spatially and acoustically sophisticated mammals on our planet – the echolocating bat. In the spatial domain, we take advantage of the bat’s ability to navigate during high-speed flight and under varying levels of spatial complexity. In the acoustic domain, we use the bat’s sonar (echolocation) and social communication signals to understand how these are learned and used during natural behavior. We further develop technologies for monitoring neural activity and optogenetic control in behaving bats and apply those to our investigations of neural circuits. Taking this approach, we aim to uncover core principles of brain function that are general across mammals.