Todd Huffman has carried the project from the onset to where we are today. His background in neuroinformatics research at Texas A&M was the origin of the KESM technology, and he has since built the project to its current incarnation as 3Scan. Previously, Todd worked on an open source data-sharing and crowd-sourced system in Afghanistan.
Without Megan 3Scan would grind to a halt. Executing roles of CFO, damage control, and manager, she keeps the daily flow of the company moving along while handling the details at all ends. Studying biology and anthropology at UC San Diego, she’s been involved running a wide range of projects over the years in all corners of the world, including helping found and run the BIL Conference series. She now represents 3Scan in all it’s endeavors and is heavily involved in Start-up Chile with 3Scan.
Data Wrangler Extraordinaire, MattyG keeps the bits shuffling and is responsible for the entirety of the software and processing supporting our microscope technology. Coming out of a Materials Science background at the University of Arizona and Biomedical Engineering program at UT Austin, Matthew is the lead software arcitect at 3Scan. He’s currently taking time off from his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at UT Austin to follow through with building 3Scan from the ground up.
Hailing from a long line of hardware hackers, Cody is tracking on the development of the physical systems at 3Scan as Master Chief Engineer. His background is in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at MIT, with significant time spent learning how to break and debug systems in a wide range of personal projects. He moved to SF after graduation to follow the dream of a start-up cowboy by working at 3Scan.
3Scan actively collaborates with several academic institutions, including the Brain Networks Laboratory where the Knife-Edge Scanning Microscope was originally developed.
- Faculty: Department of Computer Science
- Faculty: Department of Veterinary Integrated Biosciences
- Students: Department of Computer Science
- Daniel Miller (Ph.D. student)
- Chul Sung (Ph.D. student)
- David Mayerich, Phd. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow
3Scan is working with several great organizations that help support startup companies.
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“QB3 has grown to over 220 research labs with 40 members of the National Academies and two Nobel laureates; helped launch 65 companies that have raised over $230 million in capital; and formed three major industry partnerships—each of which has succeeded as measured by growth and renewal.
We bring scientists together across disciplines. We connect industry and academia in mutually beneficial partnerships. We help entrepreneurs start successful companies.”
Dr Louise Abbott, PhD / DVM
Texas A&M University. Associate Professor, Veterinary Anatomy, Public Health, Veterinary Pathobiology.
Dr Louise Abbott is a professor and researcher of veterinary pathobiology at Texas A&M. Her research interests include developmental neurobiology of the mammalian nervous system; neuroanatomy; neurochemistry; specific neurologic disorders including ataxia and epilepsy; developmental neurotoxicology with special interest in mercury toxicity and how it affects brain development and its relationship to autism; environmental influences on the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases with special interest in Alzheimer’s disease; and programmed cell death (apoptosis) in the developing and adult nervous system.
Dr Yoonsuck Choe, PhD
Director, Brain Networks Laboratory. Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering. Texas A&M University
Dr Choe is the Director of the Brain Networks Laboratory where the KESM was originally invented. His research interests are broadly in computational neuroscience, computational neuroanatomy, neuroinformatics, and neuroevolution. His work ranges from visual cortical modeling (http://computationalmaps.org, http://topographica.org), sensorimotor learning, temporal aspects of brain function (delay, memory, and prediction), whole brain physical sectioning imaging (Knife-Edge Scanning Microscopy), and web-based brain atlas frameworks (http://kesm.org).
Dr Ed Boyden, PhD
MIT Media Lab, Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Dr Boyden leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops tools for analyzing and engineering the circuits of the brain, and uses these neurotechnologies to understand how cognition and emotion arise from brain network operation, as well as to enable systematic repair of intractable brain disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain. These technologies, created often in interdisciplinary collaborations, include ‘optogenetic’ tools, which enable the activation and silencing of neural circuit elements with light, 3-D microfabricated neural interfaces that enable control and readout of neural activity, and robotic methods for automatically recording intracellular neural activity and performing single-cell analyses in the living brain. He has launched an award-winning series of classes at MIT that teach principles of neuroengineering, starting with basic principles of how to control and observe neural functions, and culminating with strategies for launching companies in the nascent neurotechnology space.
Peter Eckersley, PhD
Electronic Freedom Foundation, Technology Projects Director
Peter Eckersley is Technology Projects Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He keeps his eyes peeled for technologies that, by accident or design, pose a risk to computer users’ freedoms—and then looks for ways to fix them. He explains gadgets to lawyers, and lawyers to gadgets. Peter’s work at EFF has included privacy and security projects such as Panopticlick,HTTPS Everywhere, SSDI, and the SSL Observatory; and running the first controlled tests to confirm that Comcast was using forged reset packets to interfere with P2P protocols.
Peter holds a PhD in computer science and law from the University of Melbourne; his research focused on the practicality and desirability of using alternative compensation systems to legalize P2P file sharing and similar distribution tools while still paying authors and artists for their work.
Peter G. Selfridge, PhD
Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence Independent Consultant, Bethesda, MD
Peter Selfridge has more than 30 years R&D experience in computer vision, robotics, artificial intelligence, data mining, knowledge representation, and computer animation and graphics, first working at Bell Laboratories/AT&T Laboratories for 19 years and most recently as a full-time Technical Consultant for DARPA. (One of his earlier projects involved automatic reconstruction of neurons from serial section EM images with the late Dr. Cyrus Levinthal of Columbia University.) He has also developed and deployed AI technology, including expert systems and computer vision applications and has 9 joint patents. His current interests include clever approaches to summarizing large data sets, effective data visualization, computer vision solutions for real engineering problems, and agile innovation models.