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Andrey Formozov had recently joined our expert group. He brings his expertise in low light-level sensors to neurobiology. In his pilot project, he wants to develop a technique for neural circuit interrogation with unprecedented sensitivity in freely behaving animals.

What are the three most important steps you took on your way to become a photosensor expert?

  1. I used PMT and liquid organic scintillators for charged particle detection in the context of large-scale neutrino experiments.
  2. The experimental investigation of the liquid scintillators fostered me to study PMTs in details.
  3. The transition in the field of neurobiology broadened my view of techniques for low-light detection.

Tell us a bit about your daily work:

Right now I'm interested in PMTs and SPADs with very low DCR that can operate at room temperatures with high Photo-Detection Efficiency for a green and red light, and their applications in neurobiological experiments with freely behaving animals.

Which part of the SENSE project is for you the most important?

I want to contribute to the development of the Roadmap with input on nerobiological applications. I would also like to use the opportunities offered to me to exchange ideas and establish a network with other scientists and industry.