The Stanford Photonics Research Center builds strategic partnerships between the Stanford University research community and companies employing optics and photonics in their commercial activities. SPRC offers member companies facilitated access to Stanford faculty, students, and researchers via faculty-led Working Groups, SPRC workshops and symposia, research project collaborations and visiting researcher programs.
Professor Schnitzer’s research group studies optical imaging and cerebellar neural circuits. By combining imaging, electrophysiological, behavioral, and computational approaches, the Schnitzer group seeks to understand cerebellar dynamics underlying learning, memory, and forgetting. The group focuses on classical eyeblink conditioning, a form of associative memory that depends on cerebellar function. The Schnitzer group has shown that they can image in live mice large number of Purkinje neurons, which are thought to be associated with learning and memory.
SPRC is proud to support the National Photonics Initiative. The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government seeking to raise awareness of photonics - the application of light - and drive US funding and investment in five key photonics-driven fields critical to US competitiveness and national security: advanced manufacturing, communications and information technology, defense and national security, energy, and health and medicine.