Utah Optrode Array
Working with Steve Blair's team at the University of Utah, we have developed an optical analogue of the well-known Utah Electrode Array. This Utah Optrode Array (UOA) has been developed for optogenetic experiments. The device allows for precise multi-site light delivery in deep cortical layers. It consists of an array of 100 glass microneedles paired with a µLED array and is capable of optogenetically exciting thousands of neurons in vivo in spatiotemporal patterns. As the device is electrically controlled, it is compact and does not require an external optical system or to be tethered to bulky fibre optics.