6 January 2017, at REMER Talks, Researher Murat Yıldırım from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is going to be at REMER.

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Ultrafast laser microsurgery has emerged as a remarkable technique for precise manipulation of biological systems with minimal damage to surrounding tissues. The combination of this technique with nonlinear optical imaging techniques, such as multi-photon fluorescence microscopy and multi-harmonic generation microscopy, provides a means of non-invasive visualization to guide such surgery in situ. Ultrafast fiber lasers offer both high pulse energies and high repetition rates within a compact housing to enable image-guided ultrafast laser microsurgery. My research effort in PhD has concentrated on developing table-top and endoscopic devices for a specific clinical problem that has yet no reliable treatment. In my Post-Doctoral studies, I have been focusing on developing optical tools to manipulate and record neuronal activity with in vitro and in vivo models for Rett Sendrome, Alzheimer, and Autism. This talk outlines micro- and mesoscale utilization of ultrashort pulses to perform nonlinear imaging assisted laser surgery, label free imaging of mini-brains, and in vivo neuronal recordings with awake animal models.

Murat Yildirim received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, in 2006 and 2009, respectively. In 2010, he joined the FemtoLab under the supervision of Dr. Adela Ben-Yakar as a Graduate Researcher. He was the runner-up for the JenLab Young Investigator Award in SPIE Photonics West Conference for the best paper in 2013. He represented UT Austin in OSA Congressional Visit in 2014 and he was also a finalist in OSA Congressional Fellowship in 2015. He is currently working as a Post-Doctoral Associate in collaboration with Dr. Peter So and Dr. Mriganka Sur at MIT for developing optical tools to perform manipulation and recording of neural activity in anaesthetized and awake animal models to understand the underlying mechanisms of Autism, Rett Sendrome and Alzheimer. His research is highlighted in several magazines and websites such as Science Daily, Wired, SpectrumNews, and Lab Equipment Magazine. He is a member of ASLMS, SPIE and OSA.


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