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Session Area Descriptions

Learn more about the session areas of the 2024 Optogenetic Technologies and Applications Conference.

Discovery and Engineering of Novel Light Responsive Systems

Discovery, structural understanding, and modification of natural photosensory proteins that will drive future optogenetic development.

Applications of Optogenetic Tools to Neuroscience

Optogenetic approaches for targeted manipulation of the nervous system functions have opened new avenues for studying biological phenomena and building therapeutic solutions for a range of pertinent maladies. Research on devices and real-time analytical capabilities for control of neural processes in a variety of physiological contexts is suitable for this session. Submissions are also encouraged on work aiming at elucidating cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying brain and central nervous system tasks with optogenetic tools.

Biomedical Applications of Optogenetics

Precise control and monitoring of biological functions of cells, tissues, or organs with high temporal and spatial resolution is achievable utilizing optogenetic methods and technologies. The session invites submissions of optogenetic applications to reconstitute, replace or repair biological functions particularly in pathophysiological contexts including cardiovascular maladies, cancer, neurological diseases, and diabetes. Efforts on the scale up of optogenetic systems and their clinically relevant utilization in vivo are also welcome. The development and implementation of optogenetics for engineering the immune system are of great interest to the session. Contributions of investigations involving in silico models of optogenetic modalities are relevant.

Optogenetics for Biotechnology

This session will focus on optogenetic approaches to advance biotechnology. Topics in this session include metabolic engineering, biomaterials, biomanufacturing, and therapeutics.

Emerging Methods for Precise Stimulation In Vivo and In Vitro

Engineering of new methods for spatiotemporally precise light stimulation, in 2D or 3D, in vitro and in animals.

Developmental and Cell Biology

This session is aimed at optogenetic applications to advance knowledge in developmental and cell biology.

Cell Free Systems

Optical control of purified proteins or small molecules for the study and manipulation of biological systems across scales.

Cyber Genetic

Optogenetics is the ideal medium to interface computers with living cells, enabling the application of control theory for real-time control of biological processes. This session will focus on the role of optogenetics in advancing cybergenetics