Gabriel A. Silva, MSc, PhD

Gabriel A. Silva, MSc, PhD


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Dr. Gabriel A. Silva is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Bioengineering, and Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Engineered Natural Intelligence and holds a Jacobs Faculty Endowed Scholar in Engineering. He also has additional appointments in the Department of NanoEngineering, the BioCircuits Institute, the Neurosciences Graduate Program, Computational Neurobiology Program, and Institute for Neural Computation. Professor Silva received an Hon.B.Sc. in human physiology and a B.Sc. in biophysics from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1996, followed by an M.Sc. in neuroscience also from the University of Toronto in 1997. He then did his Ph.D. in bioengineering and neurophysiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating in 2001, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute for BioNanotechnology and Medicine (IBNAM) and the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University in Chicago from 2001 to 2003. He joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego in 2003. Prof. Silva has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research and teaching, including the IEEE/EMBS Excellence in Neural Engineering award, Wallace Coulter Foundation Early Career award, Faculty of the Year award for undergraduate education from the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, selection to “Nanoscience: The best of NATURE publications”, and the YC Fung Young Investigator Award and Medal. He has published over 50 different peer reviewed papers, book chapters, and books, over 100 abstracts and conference proceedings at national and international meetings, and has given over 130 lectures and invited talks. He is an Associate Editor of four different journals and is on the editorial board of 16 journals. He has also reviewed grants for numerous national federal and private organizations, including NIH, NSF, and DoD, as well as a number of international organizations from countries all over the world, including France, the UK, Singapore, Israel, Canada, Hong Kong, and Ireland. Of particular note, he served on the NIH Neurotechnology study section as a standing member for eight years. Dr. Silva is a co-inventor on thirty issued or pending patents, is a co-founder of several start up companies, and is on a number of executive and scientific advisory boards.

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