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Optogenetics Pioneer Honored

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health names Karl Deisseroth the winner of the 2015 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences.

Tracy Vence

WIKIMEDIA, ZOUAVMAN LE ZOUAVEKarl Deisseroth, the Stanford University bioengineer best known for developing the tissue-clearing technique CLARITY and his contributions to optogenetics, has won the 2015 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, awarded this week (February 9) by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The prize, given each year to a promising scientist under age 52, comes with a $100,000 honorarium.

“Karl Deisseroth has opened exciting new fields of scientific endeavor that transform how we view and understand the brain,” Charles Sanders, chair of the Foundation for the NIH, said in a statement. “This research provides great hope to understand biology at a deeper level.”

Deisseroth will be presented with the prize May 20 in Washington, DC.

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