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Department of Physiology and Biophysics

University of Colorado Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Optogenetics Pilot Program

The goal of the Optogenetics Pilot Program is to facilitate the incorporation of optogenetics methods into existing research programs at the Anschutz Medical CampusOptogenetics encompasses a set of methods by which cellular function can be manipulated with light, allowing unprecedented spatiotemporal control of a rapidly expanding set of biological activities. We hope to make this set of tools more accessible to novice users on campus via the following services:


1) Design and fabrication of light sources and delivery devices for in vivo  / vitro optical stimulation.

2) Consultation on adopting/optimizing the use of optogenetic methods.

3) Construction and maintenance of a confocal microscope for ex vivo and in vitro optogenetics and electrophysiology experiments.

4) Design and production of custom hardware components.

5) Supply equipment to assist optogenetic experiments.


> Additional services may be added based on the needs of the user community.

> Services available to researchers outside of the Anschutz Medical Campus.


The Program is supported by the University of Colorado School of Medicine Academic Enrichment Fund. 


Some useful links: - Useful application for calculating light-delivery needs
for optogenetics research, developed in house - General resource for optogenetics at Stanford University - Frequently updated website concerning optogenetics tools and techniques