Speaker and Discussant Bios
Abbott, LarryCategory: Speaker, Town Hall, Workshop 1
Larry Abbott is the William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience, professor of physiology and cellular biophysics, and principal investigator at Columbia’ Zuckerman Institute. He is also a senior fellow at the Janelia Research Campus.
Abbott uses computational modeling and mathematical analysis to study neurons and neural networks. His work draws on analytical techniques and computer simulation to explore how single neurons respond to synaptic inputs, how neurons interact in neural circuits, and how large networks of neurons process, represent and store information.
Before his work in theoretical neuroscience, Abbott worked as an electrical engineer and then a theoretical particle physicist. He studied physics at Oberlin College and has a PhD in physics from Brandeis University, with postdoctoral work at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and CERN. At Janelia, Abbott continues his theoretical studies including work on hippocampal place cells.
Adams, StephenCategory: Speaker, Workshop 2
Stephen Adams is a Project Scientist and PI in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California San Diego. He is a chemical biologist who collaborated with Roger Tsien for over 30 years devising novel fluorescent and photoactive sensors, and labeling strategies for correlated light and electron microscopy (CLEM). His current research includes developing chemical tools for color EM and CLEM.
Ananthakrishnan, RachanaCategory: Speaker, Workshop 4
Rachana Ananthakrishnan is Executive Director & Head of Products at the University of Chicago, and has a Joint Staff Appointment at Argonne National Laboratory. In her role at the university, she leads Globus (www.globus.org) department, which delivers research data management services and platform to national and international research institutions. She also serves on the WestGrid Board of Directors, and is a member of the InCommon Community Assurance and Trust Board.
Her work is focused on research and education field, and she has worked on security and data management solutions on various projects including Earth System Grid (ESG), Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) and Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). Prior to that she worked on the Globus Toolkit engineering team and customer engagement teams, leading the efforts in web services and security technologies. Rachana received her MS in Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Arroyo, JesusCategory: Speaker, Workshop 5
Jesús Arroyo is a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on statistical inference for networks, high-dimensional data analysis, machine learning, and applications to connectomics. He completed his Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of Michigan, and his undergraduate degree at the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM).
Baker, ChristaCategory: Speaker, Workshop 5
Dr. Christa Baker is a Jane Coffin Childs postdoc fellow in the lab of Dr. Mala Murthy at Princeton University, where she studies neural circuits underlying acoustic communication in Drosophila. During her PhD at Washington University in St. Louis in the lab of Dr. Bruce Carlson, she investigated central and peripheral mechanisms of temporal coding in weakly electric fishes. Her work combines calcium imaging, electrophysiology, connectomics, animal behavior, computational modeling, and comparative approaches to reveal basic principles of neural coding.
Barbas, HelenCategory: Speaker, Workshop 2
Helen Barbas is Professor at Boston University and School of Medicine. She studied neuroscience at McGill University (PhD) and Harvard Medical School (postdoctoral). She established and directs the Neural Systems Laboratory at Boston University, funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIMH and NINDS), the National Science Foundation and Autism Speaks. Her research focuses on the organization of the cerebral cortex, in general, and specifically on the pattern and synaptology of prefrontal pathways with excitatory and inhibitory systems associated with cognition, memory and emotions. Her work has led to establishment of a predictive model that links the laminar structure of the cortex to its connections (The Structural Model), the development of the cortex, the stability/plasticity continuum of cortical areas, and the preferential vulnerability of specific areas to neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases, including schizophrenia, depression and autism.
Bargmann, CoriCategory: Speaker, Town Hall
Cori Bargmann, a neurobiologist and geneticist, leads the Science program at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and is also the Torsten N. Wiesel Professor at The Rockefeller University. Her research on the relationships between genes, motivational states, and behavior has been recognized by membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, among other honors. Prior to joining CZI, Cori served as co-chair with Bill Newsome of the NIH working group that planned the BRAIN Initiative, and was an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Boassa, DanielaCategory: Speaker, Workshop 2
Dr. Boassa is Director of Core efforts in Probe Development and Refinement at the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR) at the University of California San Diego. She has expertise in neuroscience, cell and molecular biology and sophisticated microscopy and analysis. She leads activities related to the development, characterization, enhancement and application of new molecular-genetic probes and chemical-labeling approaches for state-of-the-art correlated light and electron microscopy (CLEM). Her research interests focus on understanding normal and abnormal cell biological processes underlying neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Boassa uniquely possesses knowledge and hands-on experience on a variety of disciplines ranging from light microscopy, and EM, image analysis and 3D reconstructions, to molecular biology, biochemistry and electrophysiology, which she applies to her research projects implementing both in vivo and in vitro tools in a multidisciplinary approach.
Bock, DaviCategory: Speaker, Town Hall, Workshop 2
Davi Bock studies how the activity of neuronal circuits relates to the anatomical “wiring” diagram of the neurons comprising the circuitry. Following physiological characterization of a set of neurons, multi-terabyte electron microscopy image volumes containing the characterized neurons are generated using high-throughput electron microscopy of serial thin sections. Connectivity between neurons is established by tracing the axons, dendrites, and synapses through the imaged volume, and patterns of connectivity are compared to the functional properties of the neurons in the circuit. In this way, the relationship between how neuronal circuits process information and how their constituent neurons are connected to one another can be explored.
Bremer, TimoCategory: Discussant, Workshop 1
Timo holds a shared appointment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC), focusing on large-scale data analysis and visualization, and at the University of Utah, serving as Associate Director for Research of the Center for Extreme Data Management Analysis and Visualization (CEDMAV). His research interests include large-scale machine learning, data analysis, visualization, medical image analysis, topology, volume modeling, and virtual reality.
Timo joined LLNL in December 2006. Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received a Ph.D. in computer science in 2004 from the University of California, Davis, and an M.S. and B.S. in mathematics/computer science from the Leipniz University, Hannover, Germany in 2000 and 1997, respectively.
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