Steven Schiff

Director, Penn State Center for Neural Engineering
Brush Chair Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics
Professor, Neurosurgery
Professor. Physics (Courtesy appointment)

Categories: Penn State Neuroscience, NIH BRAIN Researchers, Neural Engineering, Neuroethics people, Neuromodulation researchers, Mason Neuroscience Alumni

Research interests include neural engineering, neurosurgery, epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease, wave mechanics, brain machine interfaces, EEG, electrical fields, and control theory.

Jeffrey L. Krichmar

Professor, Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, Irvine
Principal Investigator, Cognitive Anteater Robotics Laboratory (CARL)

Dr. Kritchmar's research interests include neurorobotics, embodied cognition, biologically plausible models of learning and memory, and the effect of neural architecture on neural function. The Cognitive Anteater Robotics Laboratory (CARL) at the University of California, Irvine, we are designing robotic systems whose behaviors are guided by large-scale simulations of the mammalian brain.

Alex J. Carlisle

Chief Scientific Officer and Program Manager, Personalized Healthcare at Northrop Grumman Corporation Health Division
Formerly Director of Neuro-Oncology, George Mason University

Senior Scientific Advisor, Subject Matter Expert, Bio-Molecular Engineer, and Program Manager for Northrop Grumman's Health Division. Responsible for overseeing all research, product development, and personnel for Northrop Grumman's Personalized Healthcare Program.

Todd Gillette

Future Technical Leader, Northrop Grumman
Curator, Neuroscience Knowledge Network (NKN)
PhD, Neurscience, George Mason University

Todd's dissertation was titled "Comparative topological analysis of neuronal arbors via sequence representation and alignment".

In addition to being the lead curator for NKN, Todd is overseeing the development of the Neuroscience Aircasts.

Todd has participated in the Allen Institute BigNeuron hackathon at Janelia and will be involved in the Oak Ridge hackathon Nov. 16-20, 2015.

David Hamilton

PhD C, Neuroscience at George Mason University
Dissertation title: "Machine-readable Knowledge Management of Neuron Properties."

David said "Neuroscience is the most interesting and potentially useful field of study available to me at this stage in my career. I was trained as an electrical engineer, worked most of my life as a software engineer, but desire to learn how the brain works to glean useful architectural aspects for continued advancement in problem solving."

Bobby Azarian

Science writer
Visual Cognition and Attention Lab, George Mason University

Dr. Bobby Azarian is a cognitive neuroscientist, a researcher in the Visual Attention and Cognition Lab at George Mason University, and a science writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, BBC, Scientific American, Slate, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post. His research has been published in journals including Cognition & Emotion and Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. He also runs the blog Science Is Sexy.

Kerry Brown

Future Technical Leader (FTL), Northrop Grumman Corporation
Neuroscience PhD, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University

Kerry Brown's dissertation and publications focused on the production and analysis of digitally reconstructed neurons to help uncover what the shape and structure of different neuron classes can tell us about their function within the brain.

Sridevi Polavaram

Research Faculty & Software Engineer, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University.

Dr. Polavaram received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from George Mason University, she has been working for over a decade in the field of Computational Neuroanatomy and Neuroinformatics providing services in software engineering, data management, analytics,  visualization, and applied ontologies. Her current area of research investigates biologically meaningful morphological patterns derived from digitally reconstructed neuronal arbors representing the cellular diversity of the nervous system.

Ruchi Parekh

Manager, EM Connectome Annotation Team, Janelia Farm Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dr. Parekh's professional background is in neuroscience, epilepsy research, and neuroinformatics with a strong publication record.

Her professional aspirations are to facilitate open science collaborative efforts towards the common goal of understanding the brain.

Michele Ferrante

Postdoctoral Scientist, Boston University
PhD in Neuroscience from George Mason University

Michele's research focus is on Whole-cell Electrophysiology, Biotechnology, Optogenetics, Neuropharmacology, and Computational Models. Michele employs Electrophysiology in brain slices - patch clamp and neuropharmacology.
implements biophysically realistic models of neurons.

Duncan Donohue

Bioinformatics Contractor, US Army Center for Environmental Health Research
Research Scientist, Geneva Foundation

Dr. Donohue specializes in designing computational methods to analyze, visualize, and model multidimensional biological data.

Donohue has computational biology research experience in neuroscience, cancer, infectious diseases, diseases of military relevance, PTSD, blast trauma, radiation, and suicide.

Rebekah Evans

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health

Erin Sanders

PhD, Molecular, Physiological, & Behavioral Neuroscience, George Mason University

Dr. Sanders interests include: Molecular science, science funding, science teaching, STEM, biotechnology, startups, biological illustration, ceramics, art, aikido, ocean, time, space, brain.

Ruggero Scorcioni

CEO & Founder, BrainYno Inc.

Dr. Scorcioni was the developer of Good Times, the winning hack of the AT&T 2013 Developer Summit Hackathon.

Myurajan Rubaharan

Research Assistant, Georgetown University Medical Center
Masters, Molecular Biology, George Mason University

Myu's research interests include nvestigating the underlying mechanisms related to Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and dendrite morphogenesis.

Alexandra Rosser

B.S., Neuroscience, George Mason University

Alexandra Rosser is a medical education researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is interested in neuroscience, data science, genetics, ethology, and the biological bases of language ability.

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