Leah Acker was a Medical Engineering/Medical Physics Ph.D. student at MIT and Harvard Medical School through the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She was an NSF graduate fellow, an NDSEG fellow, and a 2008 recipient of the NIH/American Auditory Society Graduate Research Award for her master's work on tinnitus (EECS, MIT). Her projects involved the invention and application of new technologies for less-invasive neuromodulation, and the study of optogenetic control of brain circuits. She then went on to Duke for the MD program.
Chuong, A. S., Miri, M. L.*, Busskamp, V.*, Matthews, G.A.C.*, Acker, L.C.*, Soresnsen, A.T., Young, A., Klapoetke, N. C., Henninger, M.A., Kodandaramaiah, S.B., Ogawa, M., Ramanlal, S. B., Bandler, R. C., Allen, B. D., Forest, C.R., Chow, B.Y., Han, X., Lin, Y., Tye, K.M., Roska, B., Cardin, J.A., Boyden, E. S. (2014) Noninvasive optical inhibition with a red-shifted microbial rhodopsin, Nature Neuroscience 17:1123-1129. (*, equal contribution)