2017 Leadership Roundtable

At this panel discussion, guests enjoyed a special opportunity to hear from top scientists conducting transformative research in neuroscience through the Berkeley Brain Initiative.

Watch the 2017 Leadership Roundtable panel discussion.


Diana Bautista, Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology and Member, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

Professor Bautista studies the molecular mechanisms underlying the sensations of itch, touch, and pain, particularly as they relate to diseases such as cancer and diabetes. She is a recipient of the Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award and the National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award.

Ehud Isacoff, Evan Rauch Chair in Neuroscience and Director, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

Professor Isacoff leads the Berkeley Brain Initiative, the Berkeley Molecular Imaging Center, and the Berkeley-Zeiss Brain Microscopy Innovation Center. Isacoff is a world leader in the study of the chemical and electrical signaling of neurons and the creation of optical neurotechnologies to observe and remotely control activity in brain cells.

Michel Maharbiz Ph.D. ’03, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Member, Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses

Professor Maharbiz directs the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center and the Berkeley SwarmLab, where he investigates how to build micro/nano interfaces to cells and organisms. In 2009, Time magazine listed his radio-controlled cyborg beetle, the world’s first, among the Top 50 Inventions for that year.


Leti Light, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives

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