Michael Yartsev

Michael Yartsev

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Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Engineering
New York Stem Cell Foundation – Robertson Investigator
Helen Wills Institute of Neuroscience Graduate Program

282 Li Ka Shing
UC Berkeley

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

Research Areas

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 elegantly 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 later used during natural behavior. We further develop a wide range of neurotechnologies for enabling our neural investigations.