Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience at MIT
Or turned to neuroscience after his grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease: For his PhD, Or transformed the marine slug Aplysia californica, a model system used to investigate the fundamentals of learning and memory, into a cellular model for neurodegenerative disease. In addition to his thesis research, he studied electrical engineering to further his understanding and develop better neuroscience research tools. As a postdoc working in the Synthetic Neurobiology group at MIT, Or spearheaded several projects to develop tools for the precision sensing and control of brain activity at single cell and subcellular resolutions. Key among these were tools for single cell optogenetic control at a millisecond timescale, single cell readout of neural spiking in the brain, and in-vivo super-resolution physiology. These tools will enable a better understanding of neuronal activity in health and disease.
In the near future, Or will build tools to study brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ALS. These tools will help us understand the etiologies of these devastating diseases and develop treatments for them.