The spirit of partnership at Bio-X continues throughout the Clark Center with specialized laboratories working to educate, to discover, and to disseminate the knowledge gained.
- Optogenetics Innovation Laboratory (OIL)
- Stanford Radiology 3D and Quantitative Imaging Lab (3DQ Lab)
- Stanford Center for Innovation in In-Vivo Imaging (SCI3)
Optogenetics is an emerging field combining optics and genetics to probe neural circuits within intact mammals and other animals at the high speeds (millisecond-timescale) needed to understand brain information processing.
Fiber Photometry uses GECIs (genetically engineered calcium indicators) to measure calcium levels in the brain during behavior studies of live animals, allowing researchers to optically record in real-time natural, specific-connected neural activity.
The mission of this laboratory is:
- technique/resource dissemination
- project development and incubation
The lab is directed by Dr. Karl Deisseroth and is served by an Advisory Committee drawn from the Schools of Engineering, Humanities and Sciences, and Medicine. These core mission goals are being achieved with space, equipment, training, and tech support to the Stanford, national and international communities.
Simbios is a National Center for Biomedical Computation focusing on physics-based simulation of biological structures.
Its mission is multi-fold:
- to perform high-quality research in simulation
- to develop infrastructure and disseminate tools, models, and data to facilitate the use of physics-based simulation
- to train biomedical computational scientists.
The Stanford Radiology 3D and Quantitative Imaging Lab (3DQ Lab) was established in 1996 with the goal of developing and translating innovative techniques into clinical practice for the efficient display and analysis of medical imaging data. This was motivated by a paradigm shift from cross-sectional to true volumetric imaging in several radiological imaging modalities, especially CT and MR.
The clinical arm of the lab processes over 1,100 patient cases per month and contains knowledge and resources that augment the innovative research being done in the Radiology Department as well as by Bio-X members.
The mission of the Stanford Center for Innovation in In-Vivo Imaging (SCI3) is the application and advancement of technologies for in-vivo biological assessment and imaging in animal models. The instrumentation supports the development of reagents and approaches that will reveal in-vivo changes at the molecular and cellular level such that a greater understanding can be gained in animal models.