Cody Lee Gilleland
Research Assistant,, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
"Cody received his PhD in Bio-Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT where he developed platform technologies to accelerate genetic and drug discovery in small model organisms. He developed a rapid femtosecond laser neurosurgery system and performed the first large-scale nerve injury study which revealed chemical therapeutics that significantly enhance nerve regeneration in a live animal (C. elegans) with single axon precision. His work has been featured in PNAS, Nature, The Economist and honored with the Regeneron $50K Prize for Creative Innovation. Prior to MIT, Cody was with Texas Instruments on expat assignment in Asia where he managed the technical development and deployment of automated MEMS-based technologies for semiconductor wafer testing. He received the TI Breakthrough Award for leading the successful production ramp of over one billion units enabling the widely acclaimed "LoCosto" chip (the $10 cell phone distributed in developing economies). As a Kauffman Entrepreneurship Foundation Fellow at Stanford, Cody developed a consulting model that provides cost-effective consulting to innovative nonprofits at critical early stages in their development and was invited to present at the First World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford. He received the BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas where his work in photonic crystals, artificial blood cell technology, and digital design received the top undergraduate research prizes in 2005 and 2006."