Vassiliy Tsytsarev has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in Saint-Petersburg State University, in Russia. Soon after graduation he moved to Japan and started work in the Brain Science Institute of RIKEN, and the Human Brain Research Center, Kyoto. After seven years in Japan he moved to the United States and is now working in the University of Maryland, Washington DC metropolitan area. Functional brain mapping, neural circuits and different types of brain optical imaging are his main scientific interests as well as professional background. In Japan, Vassiliy worked in the field of auditory neuroscience using the intrinsic optical imaging (IOS) and voltage-sensitive dye imaging of the brain activity, at the same time being included into the fMRI team. After moving to the US he switched to the somatosensory cortex and epilepsy research, while maintaining interest in new methods of brain imaging. Vassiliy has published nearly thirty articles, currently focusing on the development and neural network functioning of the rodent whisker system, a perfect object for many types of neuroscience research, including model of neural diseases.