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We are a team of thinkers, doers, and innovators aspiring to introduce new approaches to the understanding of the human brain and brain diseases. Our team of employees, advisors, and investors is comprised of disruptive engineers, thought-leading life scientists, and outside-the-box business builders all working together to bring revolutionary brain imaging technologies into the hands of leading researchers. At Inscopix, we are deeply vested in enabling and supporting the pursuit of breakthrough brain science poised to profoundly impact human society.

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Kunal Ghosh is founder and CEO of Inscopix, Inc., a Palo Alto-based startup developing platforms for mapping brain circuits. Kunal founded Inscopix out of a research project at Stanford University that resulted in the invention of a miniature, integrated microscope for in vivo brain imaging. The invention is the centerpiece of Inscopix's core brain circuit mapping platforms which today have already advanced fundamental knowledge of the brain circuits underpinning brain function and behavior. Inscopix's platforms are also shaping the future of next generation neuro-therapeutic discovery with major pharmaceutical firms exploring the development of entirely new in vivo circuit-based assays to discover breakthrough drugs for diseases such as Parkinson's, epilepsy, and depression. Kunal is a passionate advocate of the role of business as a force for good in society, and especially the role of entrepreneurial ventures in catalyzing technology-fueled revolutions and spawning new ecosystems. He is a frequent speaker on these themes at scientific meetings, industry conferences, and top Business schools. Prior to embarking on the Inscopix journey, Kunal spent time as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Kunal holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Mark Schnitzer is a co-founder of Inscopix, Inc. and its Chief Scientist. He is an Associate Professor of Biology and Applied Physics at Stanford University and is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research concerns the innovation of novel optical imaging technologies and their use in the pursuit of understanding neural circuits. Mark received his M.A. and Ph.D., both in Physics, from Princeton University in 1994 and 1999, respectively. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1992 with an A.B. in Physics. Mark is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the 2010 Allen Distinguished Investigator Award, and the 2007 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award.
Vikram Brar is the Vice President of Operations at Inscopix. He has over 12 years of experience in manufacturing/quality engineering and managing operations. He has previously worked at Optovue Inc, an ophthalmic medical device manufacturer, Deloitte, a global management consultancy and NYX Inc, a tier 1 automotive parts manufacturer. He got his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Punjab Technical University and his M.S in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University. Outside of work he likes to spend time with his growing family and if time permits he loves to travel to new places.
Shung Chieh joined Inscopix in Nov 2015 as the Vice President of Engineering in Nov, 2015. Prior to Inscopix, he was the Vice President and General Manager for the Mobile & Consumer Division within the Image Sensor Group at ON Semiconductor where he was responsible for the product line roadmap, business plan and P&L. Previously at Aptina (acquired by ON), he was the Vice President of Technology Development, covering pixel, process and system technology for all market segments. Before Aptina, Shung held increasingly senior R&D positions working on semiconductor and inkjet printing technology at HP, and later on image sensors and imaging systems for mobile, life science and industrial applications at Agilent (spin-out of HP), Avago (spin-out of Agilent), Micron Imaging (acquired from Avago) and Fairchild Imaging. Shung has a BASc degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Glenn Powell joined Inscopix in November 2016 as Vice President of Global Sales and Support.  Glenn has 28 years of commercial experience in emerging technologies including 15 years establishing and growing commercial efforts during early/startup environments.  Prior to Inscopix, Glenn was Vice President of North American Sales at Pacific Biosciences where he re-crafted sales and support structures and responsibilities to enable their recent North American growth.  Glenn was also part of the initial sales efforts at Ion Torrent, which evolved into leading North America Sales for Ion Torrent and ultimately into Vice President of North American Sequencing Sales for all of Life Technologies post-acquisition.  Glenn was also Director of Marketing at Solexa transitioning to Director of Global Sequencing Sales Specialists upon acquisition by Illumina.  Glenn holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Washington and a M.S. in Biochemistry from Indiana University.
Stephani is the Director of Science at Inscopix. She joined the company in 2013 to help drive neuroscience research and scientific investigation, and is committed to the application of innovative technologies to advance the field forward. Stephani received bachelor's degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UC San Diego. She did postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley and the Salk Institute, and worked as a neuropharmacologist at Abbott Laboratories.
Pushkar is the Director of Strategy & Business Development at Inscopix. He is passionate about applying innovative neurotechnologies to elucidate structural and functional connectivity in the brain. Prior to Inscopix, Pushkar conducted his postdoctoral research at Stanford. Pushkar received a B.A. in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Rutgers, and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester. In 2011, he attended Stanford Ignite (formerly, Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In his free time, Pushkar enjoys mountain biking and teaches neuroscience at Stanford Continuing Studies.
Koen is the Director of Research and Development at Inscopix. He joined the company in July 2016 after spending a sabbatical leave at Inscopix in 2014. Koen received a M.Sc. degree in Technical/Applied Physics from Twente University in the Netherlands, and a PhD in Physics from the University for Amsterdam. After a post-doctoral position at Princeton University, he joined the Physics Department at the University of Arizona in 1999, where he has been a faculty member ever since. He holds joint appointments in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Optical sciences and is a member of the Applied Mathematics Program. Areas of expertise include Single-Molecule Biophysics, Optics, Optical Tweezers, and Optical Microscopy.
Steve has over 25 years of experience in the industry, most recently providing technical consulting services focused on IT infrastructure for a number of clients in the valley. Prior to consulting, Steve has held Senior IT Management positions with Tilera Corporation, Pixim Incorporated, Netcerto, and ATI Research. When Steve isn’t glued to his computer, he spends his time either in the kitchen or working on his organic farm. Steve studied Management Information Systems at Northeastern University, Boston.
Sam is a Digital Marketing Manager at Inscopix who joined the team in 2014. He recently graduated from Sonoma State University in Northern California with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in Marketing. With a background in graphic design for both print and web, Sam strives to convey clear, concise messages through great looking visuals. In his free time, Sam enjoys DJing at various San Francisco nightclubs, traveling to new places, and hanging out with his cat named Earl.
Jonathan is a Lead Scientist at Inscopix. He joined the company in 2015 to drive the development of imaging and optogenetic technologies for both basic and translational neuroscience research. Jonathan received his bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from UC Los Angeles and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from UC San Diego. He did postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he utilized advanced methods in neuroanatomy, in-vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics to study neural circuit function in behaving animals. He is committed to the advancement of innovative technologies supporting neuroscience discovery and the development of novel therapies for neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disease.
Alice Stamatakis joined Inscopix in 2014 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. She received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina, where she utilized various neurotechniques, such as optogenetics, fast scan cyclic voltammetry, and patch-clamp electrophysiology to delineate the neural circuits that choreograph motivational states. She received her B.S. from the University of North Carolina, where she studied Biology and Psychology. At Inscopix, Alice is using her background in systems neuroscience to help develop and apply methodology for visualizing large-scale neural circuit dynamics in vivo.
Camille is an Application Scientist at Inscopix. She acts as a scientific bridge between the cross-functional internal teams and the customers of Inscopix. Camille addresses scientific questions from Inscopix users, develops the Inscopix knowledge base for our community, and leads new product testing. She received both a PhD in Neuroscience from Pierre-and-Marie Curie University in Paris and an Engineering degree in Bioengineering from AgroParisTech, a French engineering school. She conducted her postdoctoral research at Stanford and worked at Eyebrain, a French medical device startup, and at Paris&Co, the economic development and innovation agency of Paris before joining Inscopix in 2015.
Mike joined Inscopix in 2016 as a Data Scientist, shortly after obtaining his PhD in Biophysics at UC Berkeley. His thesis work focused on decoding acoustic features of vocalizations from ensembles of neurons in the Zebra finch auditory system. He has a diverse computational history that includes a BS in Mathematics from Temple University in Philadelphia, biophysical modeling of retinal neurons at the University of Pennsylvania, machine learning for industry clients, and extensive software development experience.
Srishti Gulati is Scientific Research Support Specialist at Inscopix. She joined the company in 2014. Srishti is a key member of Inscopix’s scientific team and supports Inscopix’s neuroscience application development and internal research efforts. She has previously worked at SRI International in the Neuroscience division. She graduated with distinction from both B.S. And M.S. degrees in Biochemistry (Hons.) from Panjab University, India and also won an Award for Academic Excellence at San Jose State University from the MBT program which integrates science with business.
David Cheng is a Research Associate at Inscopix. He joined the company in 2016 to support neuroscience application development and internal research efforts. David received his bachelor's degree in Biology, with an emphasis in Neurobiology, from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Previous to joining Inscopix, he worked at the UCI MIND Institute in the laboratory of Dr. Frank LaFerla researching Alzheimer's Disease. While there, he utilized stereotaxic surgeries in conjunction with behavioral paradigms to assess learning and memory. In his free time, when he feels inspired, David likes to draw. He is also a huge fan of e-sports and online gaming, namely League of Legends.
Mark has spent much of his career coaxing useful signals from fluorescent molecules for the purposes of analysis of DNA and RNA, first as a member of the founding team of Affymetrix and Perlegen Sciences and later at Pacific Biosciences. He is delighted by the opportunity to apply lessons learned in those endeavors to the world of neuroscience. He holds a BS and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Arizona State University and University of California at Berkeley, respectively.
Sam is a Product Engineer here at Inscopix. Coming from the medical device industry, he is using his experience designing and manufacturing peripheral stents, surgical instruments, and other medical devices to contribute to the quality and innovation of the nVista product line. Sam holds a B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford and is fascinated by all links between man-made and biological mechanisms from bicycles to brain imaging.
Kevin is an Optical Engineer with the research and development team at Inscopix. He focuses on new imaging technologies for our miniaturized microscope products. Kevin completed his PhD in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, while funded with a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. Before joining Inscopix, Kevin was working with NASA to develop technology to enable next-generation telescopes to directly image extrasolar planets. He is excited to take his experience working with imaging systems that advance the boundaries of astrophysics, and apply the same principles to imaging systems that enable new areas of neuroscience. Kevin also holds a BS and MS in Optical Sciences and Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Christopher Fritz joined Inscopix in March 2015 as the Embedded Systems Design Engineer. Prior to Inscopix, he was a Staff FPGA Engineer at e2v designing low light cameras for military applications. His last project involved architecting and designing the stereo vision system for a package delivery drone project. Prior to e2v, Mr. Fritz worked for several companies and has designed products including cellular based consumer trail camera, 12-channel public transit Digital Video System, in-car police video recording solution, Polycom’s next generation electronic pan-tilt-zoom video conferencing camera and a full spherical video camera used to capture the first 5 cities for Google Street View. Mr. Fritz is the author of 9 patents / patents pending, presented a paper to the IITE Society in Japan, has earned a BSME at Texas Tech University and conducted post-graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Eric Berseth joined Inscopix in March 2017 as the Embedded Systems Design Firmware/Software Engineer.  Prior to Inscopix, he was designing video streaming systems at Samsung Display America Lab.  Eric has a diverse background of experience including firmware/FPGA development in atomic force microscopes at Agilent Technologies, hardware/firmware development at Varian Medical, secure bootloader firmware development for Advanced Micro Devices’ first 64-bit ARM SOC, and cryptography firmware development at Intel.  He has contributed to other companies including NXP, Hewlett Packard, and smaller enterprises.  Eric enjoys playing bluegrass fiddle (violin) and being a foodie.  Eric graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Arash joined Inscopix as a Mechanical Engineer. Previously, he led the integration and pilot production of a CMOS-based blood analyzer at Xip. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where his research was focused on biomechanical regulation of epigenetics and chromatin organization in single living cells. He received his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and his bachelor’s degree from Iran University of Science and Technology.
Yury has joined Inscopix team as Lead User Experience Architect in May 2016. He has over 20 years of experience in all phases of broad, cross-functional team UX design as well as corporate brand ID and collateral development. The majority of his career has been devoted to high-profile technology clients such as Network Associates, McAfee, Applied Materials, Autodesk and many more. For the last 8 years, Yury’s work has been primarily focused on creating and shipping digital products in the areas of bioscience research, bioinformatics, genomic data visualization, cli nical report generation, as well as other areas related to genome sequencing and genomic data interpretation for innovative companies such as Illumina, Nextbio and Invitae. Regardless of industry, Yury always strives to fuse carefully crafted user experiences, sound business goals, and technological excellence to create the next generation of innovative digital products. Yury studied interior design and architecture at the Moscow State Academy of Arts and Industry S.G. Stroganov. He received his Master's degree in Architecture, Interior & Trade-show Design.
Andy is a Data Analysis Software Engineer at Inscopix. He helps to manage the software engineering process, evaluates existing data analysis algorithms and develops new ones. Previously, he worked as a researcher and developer in the field of Medical Image Analysis, both in academia and industry, and has a particular interest in the functional and anatomical connectivity of the brain. He received his B.A. from the University of Sussex, M.Sc. from University College London and M.S. from MIT, in all cases studying Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.
Axel joined Inscopix in March 2016 as a Software Engineer. Prior to joining Inscopix he worked on image processing and video editing software at Adobe Systems. His responsibilities included leading an engineering team from the first through a number of subsequent releases to Photoshop and After Effects, identifying and accelerating heavily used bottlenecks and adding support for video and animations in several applications focused on photography. Before Adobe Systems, Axel worked in a number of different software development roles focused on 3D graphics, video and display drivers. Axel has an MS degree in Computer Science from the University Tübingen (Germany).
Sylvana is a Software Engineer at Inscopix. She is in charge of developing the core of Inscopix second-generation data analysis suite. Previously she worked as an engineer in the field of brain-machine interfaces leading the development of neural data analysis software. She has experience in signal processing algorithms for biological signals from work at the University of Utah and Blackrock Microsystems. Sylvana holds a B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Israel’s Institute of Technology (Technion) and a M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah. Sylvana is passionate about contributing to neuroscience by developing tools that empower researchers.
Dan obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where his research focus was computer vision (ego-motion estimation and 3D reconstruction). Dan's past industry experience includes medical imaging (automated cancer-lesion detection for endoscopy, human embryo viability prediction for IVF), video understanding/enhancement for UAV applications, and development of perception systems for robotics platforms (self-driving commercial mining trucks). In addition, Dan was part of the Book Search team at Google, where he developed software infrastructure related to book scanning quality control. When not involved with work, Dan enjoys reading about world history and the history of science and math, playing the violin, and (time-permitting) traveling to interesting countries.
Michael is the Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Inscopix. He started his career in the U.S. Navy working on F-18 electronic systems. He has extensive experience working with capital equipment and FDA regulated medical devices; previously working at Optovue Inc., Varian Medical Systems and Restoration Robotics. Holding various roles in manufacturing focusing on New Product Development he brings in 16 years of Manufacturing Experience. Michael majored in Industrial Technology at San Jose State University and received a Master’s Degree in Engineering at Santa Clara University. In his spare time he builds mountain bikes, volunteers for his national fraternity “Delta Sigma Phi,” and enjoys spending time with his family in the town of Los Gatos, CA.
Stephen is a Product/Manufacturing Engineer at Inscopix. He has over 5 years of experience in manufacturing/quality engineering and has previously worked at Optovue Inc. and Varian Medical Systems. He graduated from the University of California Davis with a B.S. in Optical Science and Engineering. Outside of work, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and loves to go to the beach.
Mike is a Manufacturing Engineer at Inscopix. He is tasked with providing technical support to the manufacturing line, and ensuring process outputs adhere to the highest of quality standards. His career began with an enlistment in the Marine Corps. He was assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 513 stationed in Yuma, Arizona working on the avionics systems of the AV-8B Harrier II jet. While in the military he earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Following his enlistment, he held several technical and leadership roles at Bell Helicopter, the commercial laser division of JDSU, Picarro, a provider of solutions to measure organic gas concentrations, and Sanovas, a medical device startup. He enjoys going to the gym, travelling to his home state of Washington, and is an avid moviegoer.
Michele joined Inscopix in 2016 as an Applications Engineer. She has previously worked in software and algorithm development at Agilent Technologies in Santa Clara and Deutsche Bahn in Frankfurt, Germany. Most recently, Michele was at Carl Zeiss X-Ray Microscopy where she worked on image processing and computer vision algorithms, in addition to UI development. She graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics and German from Cal Poly SLO, where she completed her senior project in Category Theory.
Lara joined the Inscopix team as a Customer Support Specialist in 2014. She is passionate about advancing neuroscience and giving researchers the tools to succeed. She conducted neuroscience research as a member of the Neurogenomics division at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and at the University of California, Davis. Lara received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University and was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention. In her free time, she coaches a youth synchronized swimming team, is a competitive masters synchronized swimmer, and competes in open water swimming events in places like the cold San Francisco Bay!
Vania utilizes scientific domain knowledge, writing and media skills to develop scientific content for scientific training, marketing and neuroscience outreach. Previously, she worked in the lab developing new biological applications for Inscopix technology. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brown University and the NIH Graduate Partnerships Program in 2013, where she conducted in vivo two-photon imaging in murine cortex. She received her B.S. from the Penn State Schreyer Honors College, where she studied Microbiology. Vania is a lifelong writer and artist, and has a passion for communicating about science in her free time.
Chris is a field application scientist at Inscopix. He joined the company in 2016 to support applications for innovative platforms that help neuroscientists advance our understanding of the human brain. Chris brings experience from Alaunus Biosciences and Anaspec where he supported reagents and assays that were used for applications in neuroscience and neurodegenerative disease research. Chris was trained as a molecular and cellular neuroscientist at the University of Toronto and the SickKids Research Institute, where he received his B.Sc. in Physiology, M.Sc.in Neurophysiology, and Ph.D. in Biochemistry. The focus of his research work was on synapses, specifically the calcium dependence of neurotransmitter release and the proteins controlling the synaptic vesicle cycle. Chris continued on with postdoctoral research work developing an optogenetic pharmacology toolkit for G-protein coupled receptors to gain a deeper understanding of neural circuit function. Chris enjoys participating in neuroscience education, outreach, and fundraising events. Outside his profession, he enjoys hiking and backpacking in the US National Park System.
Shanna Resendez joined Inscopix as a Field Applications Scientist in 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, physiology, and animal behavior from UC Davis and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University in Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a graduate student, Shanna utilized behavioral pharmacology, receptor autoradiography, and fast-scan cyclic voltammetry to examine reward circuits that regulate the formation and maintenance of monogamous social bonds. Following the completion of her Ph.D., Shanna continued her research training as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Garret Stuber at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. As a postdoc, Shanna pursued her research interest in the field of social neuroscience by utilizing optogenetics, chemogenetics, and in vivo Ca2+ imaging methods to delineate the functional role of the oxytocin system in social behavior. At Inscopix, Shanna is using her neuroscience background as well as her expertise in Ca2+ imaging to assist users with the design and execution of their experiments.
Jackie joined Inscopix in 2016 as a Commercial Marketing Lead and is deeply committed to advancing innovative technologies in Neuroscience. Jackie’s role is to develop new applications for the Inscopix portfolio and produce key marketing literature to support worldwide sales, field application scientists, and customers. She previously worked at SRI International within the Center for Neuroscience and directed in vivo behavioral microdialysis and analytical neurochemistry studies on sleep-wake regulation, neurodegenerative disease, and models of drug and alcohol addiction. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Pennsylvania State University, followed by a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Michigan as a Neurology and Anesthesiology Fellow focused on GABAergic and cholinergic modulation of the basal forebrain and pons in arousal state regulation and respiration. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Fabio joined Inscopix in February 2017 as North America Sales Manager to lead our field sales efforts in the Northeast. He previously worked at Harvard Bioscience as an Application Scientist and later as a Neuroscience Product Sales Specialist. Fabio received a MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Cagliari, Italy. He did postdoctoral research in Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he developed cutting-edge electrochemical methodology to study the biological bases of dopamine neuroeconomics and motivated behavior in rodents. Combining fast-scan cyclic voltammetry with in vivo electrophysiology, he demonstrated that rapid dopamine signaling differentially modulated distinct microcircuits in the nucleus accumbens during goal directed behavior for natural rewards.
Fabrizio Sitzia, Ph.D. joined Inscopix as a Sales Manager, with a general focus in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in March 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol (UK) in 2010, where he utilized various techniques, such as patch-clamp electrophysiology on both slices and cell cultures and calcium imaging on astrocytes to study the pharmacology of alpha7 nicotinic receptors and their role in cognition and memory. He holds a B.S. in Experimental Biology from the University of Cagliari (Italy). For the past 7 years he worked at Scientifica as the International Sales Manager and Product Manager. In his spare time Fabrizio enjoys professional stone carving (www.fabriziositzia.com).
Katrina joined the Inscopix team as an Inside Sales Specialist in December 2015. She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Biopsychology early 2015. She was involved with psychology research at UCSB and a local biotech startup. She is passionate about science and health and wants to empower the neuroscience community with access to innovative technologies. In her free time, she enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time outside.
Jami applies her writing and media skills, scientific knowledge, and passion for communicating neuroscience to her role as the Content Strategist at Inscopix. She develops marketing content, produces videos, and manages social media channels to engage the Inscopix community. Jami received her PhD in Biology at University of California, San Diego, specialty in Neuroscience, in a joint program with The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She studied neural circuit organization in the cerebral cortex. Later, Jami studied how changes in gene expression affect neural activity and behavior at University of California, San Francisco in a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Cori Bargmann. She then transitioned to a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University before switching fully to scientific publishing, where she worked as a scientific editor. In her free time, when not enjoying being Mom, Jami works on a nonfiction book.
Kunal Ghosh is founder and CEO of Inscopix, Inc., a Palo Alto-based startup developing platforms for mapping brain circuits. Kunal founded Inscopix out of a research project at Stanford University that resulted in the invention of a miniature, integrated microscope for in vivo brain imaging. The invention is the centerpiece of Inscopix's core brain circuit mapping platforms which today have already advanced fundamental knowledge of the brain circuits underpinning brain function and behavior. Inscopix's platforms are also shaping the future of next generation neuro-therapeutic discovery with major pharmaceutical firms exploring the development of entirely new in vivo circuit-based assays to discover breakthrough drugs for diseases such as Parkinson's, epilepsy, and depression. Kunal is a passionate advocate of the role of business as a force for good in society, and especially the role of entrepreneurial ventures in catalyzing technology-fueled revolutions and spawning new ecosystems. He is a frequent speaker on these themes at scientific meetings, industry conferences, and top Business schools. Prior to embarking on the Inscopix journey, Kunal spent time as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Kunal holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Abbas El Gamal is a co-founder of Inscopix, Inc. He has been on the Stanford University faculty since 1981, where he is currently the Hitachi America Professor in the School of Engineering and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research contributions have spanned several areas, including network information theory, Field Programmable Gate Arrays, and digital imaging devices and systems. Abbas received his M.S. in Statistics and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1977 and 1978, respectively. He graduated with Honors from Cairo University in 1972 with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Abbas is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received several honors and awards for his research contributions, including the 2012 Claude E. Shannon Award. Abbas has also played key roles in several Silicon Valley companies, including previously being on the founding teams of LSI [NYSE: LSI], Actel [now Microsemi, NASDAQ: MSCC], and Silicon Architects [acquired by Synopsys]. He has also served and continues to serve on the Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards of several other semiconductor, EDA, and Life Sciences startups.
Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding partner at FLOODGATE where her investment interests include the innovations in e-commerce, security, and big data. She currently sits on the boards of Modcloth, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Wanelo, Zimride, Ayasdi, Inscopix, and CSS. She was previously a board member of TaskRabbit. In addition to serving at FLOODGATE, Ann is a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she got her PhD focused on mathematical modeling of computer security. She teaches High Tech Entrepreneurship with Steve Blank and is a frequent lecturer in courses such as Technology Venture Formation, High-tech Entrepreneurship, and the Mayfield Fellows Program.
Mark Valdez serves as Principal at Playground Global. In this role, Mark leads Playground’s venture effort where he is responsible for driving the firm’s investment activities. Prior to joining Playground, Mark was a co-founder of A Capital, a venture capital firm focused on early stage consumer and enterprise technology companies. Previously, Mark was Marc Andreessen’s chief of staff at Andreessen Horowitz and was a member of the investment team at Stanford Management Company, the university’s investment management arm. He holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Dr. Guoping Feng is the Poitras Professor of Neuroscience in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Feng’s research is devoted to understanding the development and function of synapses in the brain and how synaptic dysfunction may cause or contribute to brain disorders. Using genetically engineered animal models, Dr. Feng combines cutting-edge technology and multidisciplinary approaches to unravel the neural mechanisms of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders such as OCD, autism and bipolar disorder.
Dr. Nestler is the Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he serves as Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Director of the Friedman Brain Institute. He received his B.A., Ph.D., and M.D. degrees, and psychiatry residency training, from Yale University. He served on the Yale faculty from 1987-2000, where he was the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology, and Director of the Division of Molecular Psychiatry. He moved to Dallas in 2000 where he served as the Lou and Ellen McGinley Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center until moving to New York in 2008. Dr. Nestler is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The goal of Dr. Nestler’s research is to better understand the molecular mechanisms of addiction and depression based on work in animal models, and to use this information to develop improved treatments of these disorders.
Botond Roska, MD, PhD is a Senior Group Leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland. He brings his expertise to the SAB in interdisciplinary approaches, combining molecular biology, physiology, and computational neuroscience, to elucidate the structure and function of neural circuits. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.
Hongkui Zeng, PhD is the Executive Director, Structured Science, at the Allen Institute of Brain Science. At Allen, she has led several large-scale research programs including the Transgenic Technology Program, the Human Cortex Gene Survey Project, the Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas Project, and the Mouse Cell Types Program. Dr. Zeng received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell biology from Brandeis University.
Surya Ganguli, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He is a leading theoretical neuroscientist, employing tools such as statistical mechanics, machine learning, and information theory to understand how neuronal networks and synapses mediate important brain functions like sensory perception, motor control and memory. Dr. Ganguli received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at UC Berkeley.
Scott Sternson, PhD, is a Group Leader at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus. Dr. Sternson is an expert in dissecting the circuit biology of flexible, goal-directed behaviors, and is additionally focused on developing tools for investigating cell-types in different brain areas. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University.
Dr. William R. Brody, President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, an acclaimed physician-scientist, entrepreneur, and university leader, joined the Salk Institute on March 2, 2009 after 12 years as president of The Johns Hopkins University. He is a national figure in efforts to encourage innovation and strengthen the U.S. economy through investments in basic research and education. Most recently, he has written and spoken extensively around the country to promote a fuller discussion of health care reform.
Dr. Stephen Fodor is the Founder and Chairman of Affymetrix and CEO of Cellular Research. He and his colleagues invented and produced the world’s first massively parallel system for measuring the genetics of an organism. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Dr. Fodor led the development of the DNA chip, or microarray, at the Affymetrix Research Institute in Palo Alto, California and founded Affymetrix in 1993 to commercialize the technology. The scientific methods and products have played a pivotal role in understanding the functioning of the genome in basic and clinical research, discovery and mapping of human variation, and are currently being developed into diagnostic devices. Results using the technology are now reported in over 27,000 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He is currently involved in assisting early stage life science companies. Dr. Fodor has received numerous honors and awards including the Newcomb-Cleveland Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine, The Takada Foundation Award, The Economist Award in Nanotechnology and The Association for Laboratory Automation Achievement Award. He is an author of 58 scientific articles, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Trustee of the Carnegie Institution of Science.
Maneesh Jain is an experienced entrepreneur and executive who has successfully commercialized multiple life science technologies over the past 18 years. His career has spanned five different startup and mid-size companies with functional leadership roles across marketing, business development and R&D. Maneesh successfully built three startup companies, from inception through acquisition by mid-size firms. Maneesh has served as an executive advisor to several life science companies including NextBio (acquired by Illumina in 2013), Counsyl and Magarray, developing products and services to address unmet needs in bioinformatics, molecular diagnostic testing and cardiology respectively. Dr. Jain trained at the Stanford Genome Technology Center and is author on over 20 publications and half a dozen patents.