PI: Andre Berndt, Ph.D.

Andre Berndt is an assistant professor at UW in the Department of Bioengineering and develops molecular biosensors for applications in neuroscience. He received his Ph.D. in biophysics from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, after elucidating the molecular mechanism of the light-gated cation channel Channelrhodopsin-2. Based on this essential work, he extended the optogenetic toolbox by engineering various tools for controlling neuronal circuits by light. He continued his work as a postdoc at Stanford University where he identified the structural determinants of channelrhodopsin ion selectivity, leading to the design of a completely new channelrhodopsins. By combining biophysics and bioengineering with neuroscience, he aims to develop the most efficient tools for interrogating neuronal circuits with increased specificity.


Lab Manager: Netta Smith



Research Scientist: Jeanot Muster



Graduate Students

Michael Rappleye

Justin Lee


Carol Perez-Ajax

Kira Evitts

Nathaniel Linden

Amanda Nguyen