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Eric Cocker

Eric Cocker is a member of the Hardware Systems Lab at PARC.  His research interests include systems engineering, distributed sensor networks, machine learning, data analysis, robotics, and neurotechnology.

Prior to joining PARC, Eric helped found and led technical development at Inscopix, a startup focused on providing novel imaging and data analysis solutions for in vivo pre-clinical neuroscience research.

Dr. Cocker earned his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where he helped pioneer the development of miniaturized microscopes for in vivo neuronal imaging in freely moving mice.  He has 3 patents (more pending) and 7 publications with over 1400 citations in the fields of optics and neuroscience.




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Long-term dynamics of CA1 hippocampal place codes

Ziv Y, Burns LD, Cocker ED, Hamel EO, Ghosh KK, Kitch LJ, El Gamal A, Schnitzer MJ Nature Neuroscience

1 March 2013


Miniaturized integration of a fluorescence microscope

Ghosh KK, Burns LD, Cocker ED, Nimmerjahn A, Ziv Y, El Gamal A, Schnitzer MJ Nature Methods

11 September 2011


In vivo brain imaging using a portable 2.9 g two-photon microscope based on microelectromechanical systems scanning mirror

Piyawattanametha W, Cocker ED, Burns LD, Barretto RP, Jung JC, Ra H, Solgaard O, Schnitzer MJ Optics Letters

1 August 2009


High speed, miniaturized fluorescence microscopy in freely moving mice

Flusberg BA, Nimmerjahn A, Cocker ED, Mukamel EA, Barretto RP, Ko TH, Burns LD, Jung JC, Schnitzer MJ Nature Methods

5 October 2008


Fast-scanning two-photon fluorescence imaging based on a microelectromechanical systems two-dimensional scanning mirror

Piyawattanametha W, Barretto RP, Ko TH, Flusberg BA, Cocker ED, Ra H, Leed D, Solgaard O, Schnitzer MJ Optics Letters

1 July 2006


Fiber-optic fluorescence imaging

Flusberg BA, Cocker ED, Piyawattanametha W, Jung JC, Cheung EL, Schnitzer MJ Nature Methods

18 November 2005

In vivo brain imaging using a portable 3.9 gram two-photon fluorescence microendoscope

Flusberg BA, Jung JC, Cocker ED, Anderson EP, Schnitzer MJ Optics Letters

1 September 2005