Michael Yartsev

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Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Assistant Professor, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
Assistant Professor, Berkeley Nanosciences and nanoengineering Institute

282 Li Ka Shing

For more information, see: http://www.michaelyartsev.com/

Research Interests

Our lab seeks to understand the neural basis of complex spatial and acoustic behaviors. We advance and develop technologies for studying neural activity in freely behaving and flying bats and apply those to our investigation of their neural circuits. An example is our recent development of methods for wireless recording of neural activity from freely flying bats. We plan to develop technologies for optogenetic control and imaging of neural activity in freely behaving and apply these tools in our studies. We aim to uncover basic principles of brain function that are general across mammals.


  • 2012 PhD, Neurobiology, Weizmann institute, advisor Nachum Ulanovsky
  • 2007 M.Sc, Biomedical Engineering, Ben Gurion University, Advisor Dr. Opher Donchin
  • 2006 B.Sc, Biomedical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University

Major Awards

  • 2015 The Brain Initiative EAGER award from the National Science Foundation.
  • 2015 The Beverly Sackler fund for Convergence Research.
  • 2015 Konishi Neuroethology Research Award, International Society of Neuroethology.
  • 2014 Sieratzki Prize for Advances in Neuroscience
  • 2014 ISEF International Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2013 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology
  • 2013 Donald B. Lindsley prize in Behavioral Neuroscience, Society of Neuroscience
  • 2013 ISEF Lily Safra Award in Scientific Research
  • 2013 The John F. Kennedy PhD Distinction Prize
  • 2012 ELSC Brain Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2012 Young Investigator Award, International Society of Neuroethology
  • 2012 Capranica Prize, International Society of Neuroethology
  • 2012 CV Starr Fellowship, Princeton University
  • 2011 Katzir Foundation award
  • 2010 National institute for Psychobiology award
  • 2009 Lev-Zion Excellence Predoctoral fellowship

Professional Experience

  • July 2015 Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, Department of Bioengineering and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
  • 2012 – present CV Starr Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University, with Carlos Brody