Dr. Daniel Aharoni has a background in equipment design, test and measurement systems, data analysis, and product development. He received his PhD in Physics in 2013 from the University of California, Los Angeles where he led the development of a novel multimodal virtual reality system for rodents. During his graduate career he also designed, built, and ran high-speed imaging systems for applications in neuroscience and particle physics. As a Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCLA, Dr. Aharoni’s focus was on developing an open source platform for imaging large-scale neural activity in awake, freely behaving animals. His work encompassed all aspects of the design and implementation of this system including the electronics, firmware, software, optics, and analysis packages. The current system is being used across 400+ research laboratories and is openly shared through miniscope.org.
Dr. Aharoni’s work focuses on bridging the gap between specialized tool design and the intricacies of modern neuroscience. By applying design methodologies from engineering and physics, the Aharoni laboratory develops specialized neuroscience research devices to addresses open questions in the field. This group leads the development of the UCLA Miniscope project and builds other tools with an emphasis on i) neural recording techniques for freely behaving animals and ii) open-source dissemination of novel technology. Through innovation and optimization, this work aims to extend the reach of neuroscience and train the next generation of research driven tool developers.