MSc thesis project proposal

[2017] Miniaturized fluorescence microscope to image brain activity in freely behaving birds and rodents

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN-KNAW) as part of a collaboration with the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is developing a miniaturized fluorescence microscope to image brain activity in freely behaving birds and rodents. Building upon other open-source initiatives such as the UCLA miniscope (http://miniscope.org) and freedomScope (https://github.com/WALIII/FinchScope), our aim is to develop a light-weight (~2 gram) wirelessly powered microscope with the ability to record from two wavelengths of light enabling the dissection of brain circuits targeted with distinct fluorophores

Assignment

Challenges of the project include the miniaturization of electronics required to power the microscope and the ability to generate sufficient current to drive a CMOS sensor, electrically tunable lens and arrays of ┬ÁLEDs.

Requirements

We are looking for a highly motivated student with interest in electronics and wireless technology to work on this project for a period of 9 months.

Contact

ir. Farnaz Nassirinia

Bioelectronics Group

Department of Microelectronics

Last modified: 2017-01-23