Institute of PhotonicsNeurophotonics

The Neurophotonics team develops optoelectronic devices to interface with neural systems in an effort to understand aspects of neural processing. We collaborate closely with leading neuroscientists and develop high-end technology using advanced semiconductor processing techniques.​

Current research focuses on the following:​

  • ​Technologies for optogenetic control of neural circuits to further our understanding of brain function (see the EU-funded DEEPER consortium) and ​
  • Optoelectronic devices that function as prosthetic devices to restore lost function – for example, our work on retinal prosthetics with Stanford University and our involvement in the EU-funded HearLight project.​

The research is underpinned by a 10-year, £2.8M award from the Royal Academy of Engineering through their Chair in Emerging Technologies scheme.​

We have a close collaboration with Dr Shuzo Sakata’s neuroscience team, where together we have formed an emerging neurotechnology effort at Strathclyde, that brings together physicists, engineers and neuroscientists to develop new technologies aimed at furthering our understanding of the brain.​

Our Research

Who we work with

Academic Collaborators

University of Strathclyde

Stanford University

The University of Utah

West Virginia University

AGH University, Krakow

International Consortia 

The Deeper Consortium

DEEPER project (Deep Brain Photonic Tools for Cell-Type Specific Targeting of Neural Diseases) clusters technological, neuroscientific and clinical experts together with innovative start-ups and leading companies with the aim of developing photonic tools for imaging and manipulating the neuronal activity in deep brain regions.

Coordinated by Professor Massimo De Vittorio

The HearLight Consortium

HearLight aims to develop new technologies to restore auditory perception to patients with impaired hearing.

Coordinated by Professor Brice Bathellier

Industrial Partners