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Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Speaker: Na Ji, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Title: Probing Neural Circuits with Shaped Light
Location: 67-3111 Chemla Room


Dr. Na Ji develops adaptive optical methods to improve imaging resolution in vivo. She applies these methods to the structural and functional imaging of neural circuits. At the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus, Dr. Ji is developing imaging tools capable of peering deep inside animals' brains to better comprehend the circuits responsible for how this organ functions. Dr. Ji graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China with a degree in chemical physics. She continued to combine the two disciplines for her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Following her Ph.D. studies, Dr. Ji started a postdoc position at Janelia under the supervision of Dr. Eric Betzig, and worked on an important problem in neurobiology: how to better visualize cells buried deep inside the brain of living animals. Ji and Betzig combined adaptive optics with two-photon fluorescence microscopy to obtain optimal fluorescence imaging and high resolution through sections of brain tissue up to 400 micrometers thick. Now in her own lab at Janelia, Dr. Ji has continued to improve her adaptive optics microscopy technique as well as broaden its use for work in other tissues, such as the eyes, and with other types of microscopy.