Panels/Speakers

Our panels and speakers for the 2013 Berkeley Conference are listed below. Click on panel names to see the panelists, and click on panelists to see their biographies.


  • Friday, March 22 – Morning Session
  • Science Policy & Communication
    Help translate research into real results by advocating improvements to healthcare, education, environmental policy, and more. Share your love of science with general audiences through writing, editing, and outreach programs.

    • Sandra AamodtScience Writer

      • Sandra AamodtSandra Aamodt is the coauthor of two books with Sam Wang, most recently Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. A former editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, she has read over 5000 neuroscience papers and given talks to scientists, parents, students, and lawyers. She has a bachelor’s degree in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester and did postdoctoral research at Yale University in the lab of Martha Constantine-Paton. Her science writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, El Mundo, and the Times of London. Her first book, Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life, was named science book of the year in 2009 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
    • Ben RubinAssociate at Children Now

      • Ben RubinBen helps to research and analyze policy issues affecting children’s health in California, and frequently travels between Oakland and Sacramento to advocate for child-friendly public policies. Prior to joining Children Now, he served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the California State Legislature, working in the Senate Health Committee and in the personal office of the Committee chair on analyzing and staffing an eclectic mix of health-related bills. Ben holds a B.A. in biology and psychology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Duke University, and as a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech and Brandeis University used a variety of techniques to study how the brain processes information from the chemical senses to guide adaptive behavior.
    • Katja BroseEditor of Neuron

      • Katja BroseAs Editor of Neuron, Katja represents the journal within the scientific community and is responsible for all aspects of the journal’s management, operations, and strategic vision. Katja received her PhD from UCSF, where she studied biochemistry and neuroscience. Katja joined Cell Press/Elsevier in 2000 as a Senior Editor and was appointed Editor in Chief in 2004. In 2007, with Cell Press’ acquisition the Trends group of review titles, Katja was appointed as Executive Editor of the Neuroscience Portfolio, which includes, in addition to Neuron, the review journals Trends in Neurosciences and Trends in Cognitive Sciences. She currently also serves as Editorial Director for Reviews Strategy for Cell Press and is a member of the Cell Press Senior Management Team. She speaks frequently on topics related to scientific publishing and communication, including publication ethics.
    • Silvia Bunge
  • Entrepreneurs
    Do you have the next big idea? Learn how these PhDs founded new companies.

    • Jailza PaulyHaas School of Business

      • Jailza PaulyJailza Pauly holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia. She has taught, researched and consulted in the areas of talent management, work teams, management and organizational development. Jailza has extensive practice designing systems and processes as they relate to human capital and currently implements management development programs at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. She has trained and coached managers, post-docs, and graduate students in academia and research enterprises. Her coaching and consulting practice supports novice scientists transitioning to industry or advancing in academia.
    • Elizabeth IornsScience Exchange

      • Elizabeth IornsDr. Elizabeth Iorns is co-founder and chief executive officer of Science Exchange, the online marketplace for science experiments. The mission of Science Exchange is to improve the efficiency of scientific research by making it easy for researchers to access resources and experimental expertise at any research institution. She has a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the Institute of Cancer Research in London, and a Post Doctorate in Cancer Biology from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. She has received a range of honors, including the 2012 Kauffman Foundation Emerging Entrepreneur Award, Nature Magazine’s ‘Ten People Who Mattered in 2012’, and is a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 2011 program. Based on her own experiences as a young investigator seeking core facility capabilities and collaborations, Dr. Iorns co-founded Science Exchange. In 2012, after recognizing the need to create a positive incentive system that rewards independent validation of results, Dr. Iorns created the Reproducibility Initiative.
    • Keaton SwettPresident of Mindsumo

      • Keaton SwettKeaton graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2011 with a degree in history and a minor in business. His business and marketing skills were developed during his time working in Oracle Corporation’s analyst relations and PR divisions, as well as his two-time election as Vice President of the Hopkins chapter of the American Marketing Association. His passion for the technology sector began during his time as an associate business analyst for AeroSat Avionics, a cutting-edge firm that manufactures sophisticated antennae for commercial aircraft. Keaton also worked as a research consultant for the Navy Seals, helping to organize and execute an integrated marketing campaign to raise awareness among students. As the business development lead, he keeps the team on track to monetize its user base and sustain sizable revenue growth.
    • Vivienne MingCEO of Socos

      • Vivienne MingDr. Vivienne Ming is the co-founder and CEO of the educational technology company Socos. She’s also a theoretical neuroscientist at the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at UC Berkeley as well as Chief Scientist at Gild, a talent acquisition technology company. Socos consulted with the Gates Foundation, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology on how to fundamentally change education. Previously, she was a research fellow at Stanford’s Mind, Brain & Computation center and at UC Berkeley’s Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience and earned her doctorate in Psychology and Computational Neuroscience from Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition researching information theoretic models of sensory and attentional processing. She earned a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience with honors at UCSD working on developing an algorithm for reading human facial expressions from video, with additional application as attention monitors for automated tutoring systems.
    • Elizabeth StoneFounder of The Education Planner

      • Elizabeth StoneElizabeth Stone Ph.D. is the founder and owner of the educational consulting firm, The Education Planner and its sister company, Creative College Tours. She is also a freelance journalist reporting on higher education and a member of the National Education Writers Association. She started her career at age 9, founding Pals Swim School in 1969 and running it for 24 years, through her later Ph.D. program. She progressed to a Research Psychologist at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry where she directed research on mental health and deafness with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. From UCSF, she spent two years as Visiting Scholar at Stanford, then as adjunct faculty at San Jose State, and later San Francisco State, in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development. About seven years ago, she left academia after being offered the position of Director of Marketing for ODC/Dance Company and ODC Theater where her daughters were in pre-professional programs. Armed with extensive experience in marketing and an online Certificate in College Admissions Counseling from UCLA, she returned to the education field in the emerging field of privatized school and college counseling. Dr. Stone earned her BA from UC Berkeley in Social Welfare, MA from New York University, and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Special Education. She is co-author of the book, “Part of the Group.”
  • Consulting

    • Craig BrozinskyHuman factors scientist at Exponent

      • Craig BrozinskyCraig is a scientist in the Human Factors practice at Exponent, an engineering and scientific consulting firm. His work at Exponent weaves together his expertise as a psychologist with the analytical, teaching, and management skills he acquired in academia. He contributes to teams that assess the adequacy of safety information. This work involves analyzing databases to identify patterns of behavior associated with injury. He is also interested in how humans respond to risk communication. He has recently managed projects related to driver distractibility, clothing safety, appliance usage, and automobile purchasing decisions.

        Craig’s post-doctoral work at University of California Berkeley examined components of visual working memory retrieval that were sensitive to focal brain lesions and distraction. This NIH funded work was an extension of his dissertation at University of California, Davis, and incorporated data from fMRI and behavioral testing in healthy adults and brain injured patients. He holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

    • Albert LangConsultant at C1 Consulting

      • Albert LangAlbert currently works as a Consultant at C1 Consulting, an integrated marketing and market research consulting firm for the life sciences industry. At C1, he has worked across multiple brands in the biotech and pharma industries and in multiple therapeutic areas.

        Albert graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Certificate in Management of Technology from the Haas School of Business. While at Berkeley, he also developed and taught a careers course to prepare undergraduates for graduate school in the sciences. In 2005, Albert obtained a B.A. in Biology at The University of Pennsylvania, where he also became an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.

    • Nick Halpern-MannersAssociate Consultant at IMS Consulting Group

      • Nick Halpern-MannersNick graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 2006 with a B.S. in chemistry. Following this, Nick completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, developing novel magnetic resonance methodology with Professor Alex Pines. His work has been published in numerous journals.

        After completing his Ph.D., Nick decided to pursue a career in consulting, organizing what has now become the Ph.D. Consulting Club and serving as VP for Non-MBA Affairs in the Haas Consulting Club. He currently works as an Associate Consultant at IMS Consulting Group, a leading firm in the area of healthcare and life science consulting. As a consultant, Nick has applied his analytical background to solve issues of business and strategy within the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, involving a diverse range of therapeutic areas such as oncology, schizophrenia, and antibiotics.

    • Laura EliasProject leader at Boston Consulting Group

      • Laura EliasLaura Elias is a Project Leader at the San Francisco office of the Boston Consulting Group where she works with global biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and vaccine companies on projects including developing portfolio, launch, and go-to-market strategies. Laura earned her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California San Francisco in Arnold Kriegstein’s laboratory. Her scientific contributions were recognized by the Julius R. Krevans’ Distinguished Dissertation Award (UCSF, 2008) and the Harold M. Weintraub Award in biomedical sciences (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 2008). She also completed a Jane Coffin Childs’ Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gerald Crabtree’s laboratory at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
    • Jake DunaganResearch Director with Institute for the Future

      • Jake DunaganJake’s research examines the accelerating transformations of individuals, culture, and governance. In particular, he explores societies are adapting to the Neurocentric age, a time of unprecedented ability to view and modify the mind. Recently, he has written and lectured on comprehensive cognitive design, judicial foresight, kids’ technologies, neuroscience and the ocean, alternative energy futures, social media, and the future of work. Jake also designs artifacts, games, immersive experiences of future worlds, and produces guerilla public engagement projects that inject the future into the mental ecology of the present.

        Jake received his Ph.D. at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where he studied neuropolitics, governance design, alternative futures, and foresight communication. He received an M.A. from Temple University, and a B.A. from Auburn University, both in Visual Anthropology. He is currently an adjunct professor at the California College of Arts’ MBA Design Strategy Program, where he teaches Strategic Foresight and Social Invention.

  • Tech
    Discover opportunities in the technology industry such as user experience, marketing, data analytics, and statistics.

    • Jake KlamkaFounder of Insight Data Science Fellows Program

      • Jake KlamkaJake Klamka is the founder of the Insight Data Science Fellows Program, a post-doctoral fellowship that helps quantitative PhDs transition from academia to careers in data science. Insight Fellows are now data scientists at top tech companies like Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Square and many others. Jake was an entrepreneur in the Y Combinator winter 2011 session and prior to that was a particle physicist at the University of Toronto, working on the Large Hadron Collider experiment. As a panel speaker at Beyond Academia 2013, Jake will provide an introduction to data science and share stories of scientists who have transitioned from academia to the tech industry.
    • Rehan KhanStatistician at Google

      • Rehan KhanRehan is a Statistician in the Ads Quality team at Google where he tries to understand user behavior, and works on improving the quality of ads shown to users of Google’s search engine. Before joining Google, he was a neuroscientist at UC Berkeley where he studied the olfactory system, and was Chief Scientist at MoodLogic, Inc., a San Francisco based company, where he developed audio fingerprinting and emotional content identification systems for music. He holds degrees from Queen’s University, Canada, and Stanford University, and is sometimes described as being like the sound of one hand clapping, only more so.
    • Flavio OliveiraReseacher at Facebook

      • Flavio OliveiraFlavio is a researcher at Facebook working with product teams and big data to improve experiences and create new products for over a billion people. His passion is to work on big problems that have positive impact on society. He received his PhD in cognitive neuroscience from UC Berkeley studying human learning, decision-making and cognitive and motor control. He has also worked at Google and as a social entrepreneur and currently serves as head of the advisory board for Teachers Without Borders.
    • Jacob BollingerSenior Data Scientist at Bright Media

      • Jacob BollingerJacob is a Senior Data Scientist for Bright Media Corporation and Bright.com. He received his Ph.D. in integrative neuroscience from UCSF where he studied the influence of norepinephrine on cortical plasticity with Michael Merzenich. As a postdoctoral fellow, Jacob examined the neural mechanisms of expectation and memory and their deterioration during cognitive aging using EEG and fMRI, and developed several novel methods including adaptive liner spatial filtering and complex sources using EEG time series. At Bright, Jacob is on a team of scientists and engineers who are streamlining the labor market via several integrated tools and algorithms, including the Bright Score, a data-driven relevancy algorithm that allows employers to immediately identify the most qualified candidates and helps job seekers immediately find the best available job openings. He is also the founder of Bright Labs, a destination for reporters and recruiters to gather novel information and analysis of the employment space.
    • Maria StoneVP of User Research at Yahoo

      • Maria StoneMaria Stone is a veteran of search engine industry, having worked at Alta Vista, Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Most notably, she started and grew UX Research team at Google, from its inception in 2001 until 2008. She also worked as Data Scientist at Yahoo and Microsoft. Prior to her work in search industry, she was an academic researcher and lecturer at Stanford and NASA-Ames, focused on studying human memory and attention. She holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she worked with a Nobel Prize winning psychologist, Daniel Kahneman. She has authored publications in Cognitive Psychology, HCI, and Information Retrieval. Maria also worked in startup advising, consulting, and angel investing, and is currently a VP of User Research at Yahoo.
    • Arnold LundGE Global Research

      • Arnold LundArnold Lund (Arnie) is UX Innovation Lab Manager for GE Global Research. He has led UX teams at companies ranging from Bell Labs and Ameritech to Microsoft as well. He is a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy, a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and recently received the SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award. He was conference co-chair for CHI 1998 and for CHI 2008. He was president of the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics, and he has reviewed for and served on the boards of several HCI journals. Elected to the HFES Executive Committee, he also chaired the HFES Institute that sponsored the first ANSI HCI standard, served on the standards committee through its long history, and has brought his influence to a wide range of other standards and policy efforts. He has published widely, including his recent book entitled User Experience Management: Essential Skills for Leading Effective UX Teams.

  • Friday, March 22 – Afternoon Session
  • Science Policy & Communication
    Help translate research into real results by advocating improvements to healthcare, education, environmental policy, and more. Share your love of science with general audiences through writing, editing, and outreach programs.

    • Sandra AamodtScience Writer

      • Sandra AamodtSandra Aamodt is the coauthor of two books with Sam Wang, most recently Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. A former editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, she has read over 5000 neuroscience papers and given talks to scientists, parents, students, and lawyers. She has a bachelor’s degree in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester and did postdoctoral research at Yale University in the lab of Martha Constantine-Paton. Her science writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, El Mundo, and the Times of London. Her first book, Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life, was named science book of the year in 2009 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
    • Ben RubinAssociate at Children Now

      • Ben RubinBen helps to research and analyze policy issues affecting children’s health in California, and frequently travels between Oakland and Sacramento to advocate for child-friendly public policies. Prior to joining Children Now, he served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the California State Legislature, working in the Senate Health Committee and in the personal office of the Committee chair on analyzing and staffing an eclectic mix of health-related bills. Ben holds a B.A. in biology and psychology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Duke University, and as a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech and Brandeis University used a variety of techniques to study how the brain processes information from the chemical senses to guide adaptive behavior.
    • Katja BroseEditor of Neuron

      • Katja BroseAs Editor of Neuron, Katja represents the journal within the scientific community and is responsible for all aspects of the journal’s management, operations, and strategic vision. Katja received her PhD from UCSF, where she studied biochemistry and neuroscience. Katja joined Cell Press/Elsevier in 2000 as a Senior Editor and was appointed Editor in Chief in 2004. In 2007, with Cell Press’ acquisition the Trends group of review titles, Katja was appointed as Executive Editor of the Neuroscience Portfolio, which includes, in addition to Neuron, the review journals Trends in Neurosciences and Trends in Cognitive Sciences. She currently also serves as Editorial Director for Reviews Strategy for Cell Press and is a member of the Cell Press Senior Management Team. She speaks frequently on topics related to scientific publishing and communication, including publication ethics.
    • Michael Ranney
  • Consulting

    • Craig BrozinskyHuman factors scientist at Exponent

      • Craig BrozinskyCraig is a scientist in the Human Factors practice at Exponent, an engineering and scientific consulting firm. His work at Exponent weaves together his expertise as a psychologist with the analytical, teaching, and management skills he acquired in academia. He contributes to teams that assess the adequacy of safety information. This work involves analyzing databases to identify patterns of behavior associated with injury. He is also interested in how humans respond to risk communication. He has recently managed projects related to driver distractibility, clothing safety, appliance usage, and automobile purchasing decisions.

        Craig’s post-doctoral work at University of California Berkeley examined components of visual working memory retrieval that were sensitive to focal brain lesions and distraction. This NIH funded work was an extension of his dissertation at University of California, Davis, and incorporated data from fMRI and behavioral testing in healthy adults and brain injured patients. He holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

    • Albert LangConsultant at C1 Consulting

      • Albert LangAlbert currently works as a Consultant at C1 Consulting, an integrated marketing and market research consulting firm for the life sciences industry. At C1, he has worked across multiple brands in the biotech and pharma industries and in multiple therapeutic areas.

        Albert graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Certificate in Management of Technology from the Haas School of Business. While at Berkeley, he also developed and taught a careers course to prepare undergraduates for graduate school in the sciences. In 2005, Albert obtained a B.A. in Biology at The University of Pennsylvania, where he also became an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.

    • Nick Halpern-MannersAssociate Consultant at IMS Consulting Group

      • Nick Halpern-MannersNick graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 2006 with a B.S. in chemistry. Following this, Nick completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, developing novel magnetic resonance methodology with Professor Alex Pines. His work has been published in numerous journals.

        After completing his Ph.D., Nick decided to pursue a career in consulting, organizing what has now become the Ph.D. Consulting Club and serving as VP for Non-MBA Affairs in the Haas Consulting Club. He currently works as an Associate Consultant at IMS Consulting Group, a leading firm in the area of healthcare and life science consulting. As a consultant, Nick has applied his analytical background to solve issues of business and strategy within the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, involving a diverse range of therapeutic areas such as oncology, schizophrenia, and antibiotics.

    • Elizabeth StoneFounder of The Education Planner

      • Elizabeth StoneElizabeth Stone Ph.D. is the founder and owner of the educational consulting firm, The Education Planner and its sister company, Creative College Tours. She is also a freelance journalist reporting on higher education and a member of the National Education Writers Association. She started her career at age 9, founding Pals Swim School in 1969 and running it for 24 years, through her later Ph.D. program. She progressed to a Research Psychologist at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry where she directed research on mental health and deafness with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. From UCSF, she spent two years as Visiting Scholar at Stanford, then as adjunct faculty at San Jose State, and later San Francisco State, in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development. About seven years ago, she left academia after being offered the position of Director of Marketing for ODC/Dance Company and ODC Theater where her daughters were in pre-professional programs. Armed with extensive experience in marketing and an online Certificate in College Admissions Counseling from UCLA, she returned to the education field in the emerging field of privatized school and college counseling. Dr. Stone earned her BA from UC Berkeley in Social Welfare, MA from New York University, and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Special Education. She is co-author of the book, “Part of the Group.”
  • Non-Academic Research
    Love research, but not sure the ivory tower is for you? Learn about research opportunities in think tanks, non-profits, and R&D.

    • Marty NemkoCareer Coach

      • Marty NemkoMarty Nemko is living proof there’s life after academe. After finishing his PhD at UCB in Ed Psych and then gypsy professoring, including at Cal, Marty found career nirvana as a career coach. The San Francisco Bay Guardian called him, “The Bay Area’s Best Career Coach.” The former director of California’s Employment Development Department wrote an article about him called “California’s Favorite Career Coach.” And U.S. News called him “job coach extraordinaire.” While his clients have included 15 college presidents, he has a special place in his heart for people like himself who are looking for a life that doesn’t require you to publish or perish. But publish he does, although not in journals. After writing a career column in the San Francisco Chronicle for six years, he now writes for USNews.com and AOL.com. In addition to his over 1,000 published articles, he’s written seven books, including in 2012, How to Do Life: What They Didn’t Teach You In School. He is in his 24th year as host of Work with Marty Nemko on KALW 91.7 FM an NPR station in San Francisco and was the non-member winner of Toastmasters’ Northern California Speaker of the Year.
    • Joe HardyVice President of research and development at Lumos Labs

      • Joe HardyDr. Joe Hardy, MBA, Ph.D., works with an international team of researchers to uncover the secrets of cognitive enhancement and build cognitive training experiences based on the science of neuroplasticity. He has over 8 years of R&D experience in the field of cognitive training. Dr. Hardy received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and performed his postdoctoral research fellowship at the the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He also has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley.
    • Jodi DavenportSenior Project Director at WestEd

      • Jodi DavenportJodi L. Davenport is the Director of Research for the National Center on Cognition and Mathematics Instruction and a Senior Project Director in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program at WestEd. Davenport’s innovative work includes collaborations with leading scientists and educators to develop educational interventions based on cognitive science research. She is the PI on multiple grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation, that total four million dollars.

        Prior to joining WestEd, Davenport was a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University in the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center. She has a PhD in Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Davenport has published in the areas of education, learning science, and cognitive psychology. Her work in visual cognition has been cited over 100 times.

    • Cynthia D’AngeloEducation Researcher at SRI International

      • Cynthia D’AngeloCynthia D’Angelo, Ph.D., is a researcher specializing in science education, simulations, games, and learning. She is very interested in how we can leverage large amounts of data gathered through online technologies (such as simulations and games) to better understand how it is that students learn science and other STEM concepts and practices. She has a background in physics and science education. She has experience working with large sets of data, especially data coming from technology-enhanced learning environments. Dr. D’Angelo’s postdoctoral work was focused on designing and evaluating quantitative methods to analyze qualitative student data, such as interviews and scientific discourse. Her dissertation work at Arizona State University with Douglas Clark involved looking at how students’ understanding of vectors, vector addition, and Newtonian mechanics was mediated by representations and scaffolding questions in a specially designed physics game called SURGE.
    • Michael MerzenichPosit Science

      • Michael MerzenichA pioneer in brain plasticity research, Michael Merzenich is the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science, which creates “brain training” software based on his research. In 1996, he was the founding CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation, which markets and distributes software that applies principles of brain plasticity to assist children with language learning and reading.

        Dr. Merzenich has published more than 150 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals and been granted nearly 100 patents. His work has been highlighted in hundreds of books and is often covered by the popular press.

        Dr. Merzenich earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Portland and his PhD at Johns Hopkins. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin before becoming a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2007, he retired from his long career at UCSF as Emeritus Professor and Co-Director of the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience.

    • Zoë HarrisGenentech

      • Zoë HarrisZoë Harris is a Senior Product Manager on the Avastin Marketing Team at Genentech focused on strategy and promotions for lung and colorectal cancers. Zoë began at Genentech in 2010 and completed the Commercial Rotation Development Program (CRDP), where she was part of the Government Affairs, Managed Care Marketing, and Government Price Reporting groups. Her experiences at Genentech range from implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act, to launching a new oncology drug for metastatic melanoma.

        Prior to Genentech, Zoë completed her PhD in Health Services & Policy Analysis (HSPA) at UC Berkeley, received her MPH from Yale, and a BA from University of Pennsylvania in Economics.

    • Patty CulpAbbVie Biotherapeutics

      • Patty CulpPatty Culp, PhD, has worked in the biotech industry for over 10 years, developing antibody-based therapeutics to treat cancer. She received her PhD from MIT, studying early development of zebrafish, and her postdoctoral training at UCSF was in the area of translational control in Xenopus laevis. She currently works at AbbVie Biotherapeutics, leading a team of researchers in a highly matrixed organization. While in industry, Patty has co-authored a number of papers and patents and led one drug program into Phase 1 clinical studies.
  • Tech
    Discover opportunities in the technology industry such as user experience, marketing, data analytics, and statistics.

    • Bradley VoytekAssistant Professor of Computational Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at UCSD

      • Bradley VoytekBrad is an Assistant Professor of Computational Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at UCSD. He is also the Data Evangelist for the on-demand car service company, Uber, Inc. In his neuroscience life, Brad studies cognition and neural network communication using data-mining, lesion experiments, human intracranial recordings, brain-stimulation, brain-computer interfacing, and whatever other tools he can get his hands on. For Uber, Brad does exploratory data analytics and communicates the importance of data in driving Uber. He co-created the meta-analytic neuroscience research aggregation tool and hypothesis generation sitehttp://brainSCANr.com with his wife Jessica Bolger Voytek. He’s an avid science teacher and outreach advocate and is the world’s zombie brain expert (seriously).
    • Jacob BollingerSenior Data Scientist at Bright Media

      • Jacob BollingerJacob is a Senior Data Scientist for Bright Media Corporation and Bright.com. He received his Ph.D. in integrative neuroscience from UCSF where he studied the influence of norepinephrine on cortical plasticity with Michael Merzenich. As a postdoctoral fellow, Jacob examined the neural mechanisms of expectation and memory and their deterioration during cognitive aging using EEG and fMRI, and developed several novel methods including adaptive liner spatial filtering and complex sources using EEG time series. At Bright, Jacob is on a team of scientists and engineers who are streamlining the labor market via several integrated tools and algorithms, including the Bright Score, a data-driven relevancy algorithm that allows employers to immediately identify the most qualified candidates and helps job seekers immediately find the best available job openings. He is also the founder of Bright Labs, a destination for reporters and recruiters to gather novel information and analysis of the employment space.
    • Maria StoneVP of User Research at Yahoo

      • Maria StoneMaria Stone is a veteran of search engine industry, having worked at Alta Vista, Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Most notably, she started and grew UX Research team at Google, from its inception in 2001 until 2008. She also worked as Data Scientist at Yahoo and Microsoft. Prior to her work in search industry, she was an academic researcher and lecturer at Stanford and NASA-Ames, focused on studying human memory and attention. She holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she worked with a Nobel Prize winning psychologist, Daniel Kahneman. She has authored publications in Cognitive Psychology, HCI, and Information Retrieval. Maria also worked in startup advising, consulting, and angel investing, and is currently a VP of User Research at Yahoo.
    • Arnold LundGE Global Research

      • Arnold LundArnold Lund (Arnie) is UX Innovation Lab Manager for GE Global Research. He has led UX teams at companies ranging from Bell Labs and Ameritech to Microsoft as well. He is a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy, a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and recently received the SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award. He was conference co-chair for CHI 1998 and for CHI 2008. He was president of the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics, and he has reviewed for and served on the boards of several HCI journals. Elected to the HFES Executive Committee, he also chaired the HFES Institute that sponsored the first ANSI HCI standard, served on the standards committee through its long history, and has brought his influence to a wide range of other standards and policy efforts. He has published widely, including his recent book entitled User Experience Management: Essential Skills for Leading Effective UX Teams.
    • Emi NomuraData Jockey at Hearsay Social

      • Emi NomuraEmi graduated from Rice University in 2002 with a bachelors degree in Cognitive Science. She continued on to Northwestern University to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience, focusing on the neural systems involved in memory and learning. In 2008 she joined a lab at the University of California Berkeley as a postdoctoral fellow where she studied the brain network reorganization that occurs after brain injury using MRI and TMS. She has numerous publications in scientific journals including Cerebral Cortex, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. During her postdoc, Emi developed many of her own analysis tools to supplement existing fMRI analysis packages and to automate much of the image processing. This interest in scientific computing and software development led to her transition to her current position as Data Jockey at Hearsay Social, an enterprise software startup in San Francisco.