Michael Yartsev

Michael Yartsev

Assistant Professor
Dept of Bioengineering
Research Expertise and Interest
neuroscience, engineering
Research Description

Our lab seeks to understand the neural basis of complex spatial and acoustic behaviors in mammals. To do so, we use one of the most spatially and acoustically sophisticated mammals on our planet - the echolocating bat.  In the spatial domain, we take advantage of the bat's ability to elegantly navigate during high-speed flight and under varying levels of spatial complexity. In the acoustic domain, we use the bat's sonar (echolocation) and social communication signals to understand how these are learned and later used during natural behavior.  We further develop technologies for monitoring neural activity and optogenetic control in freely behaving and flying bats and apply those to our investigations of neural circuits. Taking this approach, we aim to uncover core principles of brain function that are general across mammals

In the News

June 20, 2019

Bats’ brains sync when they socialize

The phrase “we’re on the same wavelength” may be more than just a friendly saying: A new study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers shows that bats’ brain activity is literally in sync when bats engage in social behaviors like grooming, fighting or sniffing each other.