Christopher Miranda is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Mark Schnitzer where he is developing optical imaging technologies to probe the behavior of neurons in the mouse brain. With these newly developed tools, he aims to unravel longstanding mysteries of the basal ganglia. Christopher received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University. His graduate work focused on the development, characterization, and application of new imaging technologies for biomedicine, primarily based on the photoacoustic effect (ultrasound generation through optical absorption). However, after attending a specialized two-week training program run by the NIH BRAIN Initiative, Christopher shifted the direction of his dissertation work and began developing optics-based technologies for neuroscience applications. To continue this path, he joined the Schnitzer lab at Stanford, one of the premier research labs for training neuroengineers that make a tangible impact in neuroscience.