Sam is co-investigator and project lead on the $21 million MICrONS IARPA contract to the Wyss Institute with subwardees MIT, Cold Spring Harbor Labs, and Columbia University (P.I. George Church). MICrONS’ ambitious goal is to reverse-engineer the brain’s algorithms from neurocircuits at the synaptic level with FISSEQ as the primary readout.
Sam has co-authored and lead awarded grants that include a $598,000 NIH S10 Shared Instrumentation Grant for a FISSEQ sequencer instrument used by 30 collaborators (P.I. George Church), and a W. M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Grant awarded to the University of Virginia to investigate whole organism fat storage and metabolism with FISSEQ (P.I. Eyleen O’Rourke).
Sam’s multidisciplinary experience spans biology, neuroscience, and software engineering. His research background includes the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease, a novel method to pin-point specific brain area activity from EEG, and image analysis algorithms for Big Data in biological microscopy and neuro-physiology. He was an ATT Staff Software Engineer at the Wyss Institute/Harvard University, a Software Engineer at an internet startup to produce enterprise scale online banking systems (Kaloke Technologies, Inc.), and he developed brain-computer interfaces and muscle control interfaces for mobile devices with eye-glass displays at the MIT Media Lab, Europe.
Sam received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Australian National University, followed by postdoctoral work at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France.