Light Delivery Into Optogenetic Biohybrid Cardiac Implants: Challenges, Strategies & Future Directions



Light delivery into optogenetic biohybrid cardiac implants:  challenges, strategies and future directions

Optogenetics has opened new avenues in both basic science and medical research. In cardiovascular research, stimulation using light is an attractive alternative to traditional electrical pacing and restarting of the heart. Light can be shaped and modulated in order to stimulate biological tissues with unprecedented spatial and temporal precision. In this talk, I will provide examples wherein optogenetics may play an invaluable role in the field of cardiac research. I will also discuss our collaborative approaches in order to excite optically activatable biohybrid tissues for cardiac pacing and defibrillation.

Dr. Lani Torres-Mapa is a senior  researcher with interest in the field of laser manipulation of cells and tissues, optical tweezers and optogenetics. She currently works in the Institute of Quantum Optics in Leibniz University Hannover in Germany.


Venue: Steele Building (03-309)
Time: 11 am
Date: 30th Nov 2018 (Friday)