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Leadership

Kunal Ghosh, PhD

Founder & CEO

Kunal Ghosh, PhD

Founder & CEO

Kunal Ghosh is founder and CEO of Inscopix, Inc., a Palo Alto-based startup developing platforms for mapping brain circuits. Kunal founded Inscopix out of a research project at Stanford University that resulted in the invention of a miniature, integrated microscope for in vivo brain imaging. The invention is the centerpiece of Inscopix's core brain circuit mapping platforms which today have already advanced fundamental knowledge of the brain circuits underpinning brain function and behavior. Inscopix's platforms are also shaping the future of next generation neuro-therapeutic discovery with major pharmaceutical firms exploring the development of entirely new in vivo circuit-based assays to discover breakthrough drugs for diseases such as Parkinson's, epilepsy, and depression. Kunal is a passionate advocate of the role of business as a force for good in society, and especially the role of entrepreneurial ventures in catalyzing technology-fueled revolutions and spawning new ecosystems. He is a frequent speaker on these themes at scientific meetings, industry conferences, and top Business schools. Prior to embarking on the Inscopix journey, Kunal spent time as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Kunal holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Glenn Powell

VP of Commercial Operations

Glenn Powell

VP of Commercial Operations

Glenn Powell joined Inscopix in November 2016 as Vice President of Global Sales and Support. Glenn has 28 years of commercial experience in emerging technologies including 15 years establishing and growing commercial efforts during early/startup environments. Prior to Inscopix, Glenn was Vice President of North American Sales at Pacific Biosciences where he re-crafted sales and support structures and responsibilities to enable their recent North American growth. Glenn was also part of the initial sales efforts at Ion Torrent, which evolved into leading North America Sales for Ion Torrent and ultimately into Vice President of North American Sequencing Sales for all of Life Technologies post-acquisition. Glenn was also Director of Marketing at Solexa transitioning to Director of Global Sequencing Sales Specialists upon acquisition by Illumina. Glenn holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Washington and a M.S. in Biochemistry from Indiana University.

Vikram Brar

VP of Operations

Vikram Brar

VP of Operations

Vikram Brar is the Vice President of Operations at Inscopix. He has over 12 years of experience in manufacturing/quality engineering and managing operations. He has previously worked at Optovue Inc, an ophthalmic medical device manufacturer, Deloitte, a global management consultancy and NYX Inc, a tier 1 automotive parts manufacturer. He got his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Punjab Technical University and his M.S in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University. Outside of work he likes to spend time with his growing family and if time permits he loves to travel to new places.

Shung Chieh, PhD

VP of Engineering

Shung Chieh, PhD

VP of Engineering

Shung Chieh joined Inscopix in Nov 2015 as the Vice President of Engineering in Nov, 2015. Prior to Inscopix, he was the Vice President and General Manager for the Mobile & Consumer Division within the Image Sensor Group at ON Semiconductor where he was responsible for the product line roadmap, business plan and P&L. Previously at Aptina (acquired by ON), he was the Vice President of Technology Development, covering pixel, process and system technology for all market segments. Before Aptina, Shung held increasingly senior R&D positions working on semiconductor and inkjet printing technology at HP, and later on image sensors and imaging systems for mobile, life science and industrial applications at Agilent (spin-out of HP), Avago (spin-out of Agilent), Micron Imaging (acquired from Avago) and Fairchild Imaging. Shung has a BASc degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Koen Visscher, PhD

Director of R&D

Koen Visscher, PhD

Director of R&D

Koen is the Director of Research and Development at Inscopix. He joined the company in July 2016 after spending a sabbatical leave at Inscopix in 2014. Koen received a M.Sc. degree in Technical/Applied Physics from Twente University in the Netherlands, and a PhD in Physics from the University for Amsterdam. After a post-doctoral position at Princeton University, he joined the Physics Department at the University of Arizona in 1999, where he has been a faculty member ever since. He holds joint appointments in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Optical sciences and is a member of the Applied Mathematics Program. Areas of expertise include Single-Molecule Biophysics, Optics, Optical Tweezers, and Optical Microscopy.

Stephani Otte, PhD

Director of Science

Stephani Otte, PhD

Director of Science

Stephani is the Director of Science at Inscopix. She joined the company in 2013 to help drive neuroscience research and scientific investigation, and is committed to the application of innovative technologies to advance the field forward. Stephani received bachelor's degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UC San Diego. She did postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley and the Salk Institute, and worked as a neuropharmacologist at Abbott Laboratories.

Pushkar Joshi, PhD

Director of Strategy & BD

Pushkar Joshi, PhD

Director of Strategy & BD

Pushkar is the Director of Strategy & Business Development at Inscopix. He is passionate about applying innovative neurotechnologies to elucidate structural and functional connectivity in the brain. Prior to Inscopix, Pushkar conducted his postdoctoral research at Stanford. Pushkar received a B.A. in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Rutgers, and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester. In 2011, he attended Stanford Ignite (formerly, Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In his free time, Pushkar enjoys mountain biking and teaches neuroscience at Stanford Continuing Studies.

Board of Directors

Kunal Ghosh, PhD

Founder & CEO

Kunal Ghosh, PhD

Founder & CEO

Kunal Ghosh is founder and CEO of Inscopix, Inc., a Palo Alto-based startup developing platforms for mapping brain circuits. Kunal founded Inscopix out of a research project at Stanford University that resulted in the invention of a miniature, integrated microscope for in vivo brain imaging. The invention is the centerpiece of Inscopix's core brain circuit mapping platforms which today have already advanced fundamental knowledge of the brain circuits underpinning brain function and behavior. Inscopix's platforms are also shaping the future of next generation neuro-therapeutic discovery with major pharmaceutical firms exploring the development of entirely new in vivo circuit-based assays to discover breakthrough drugs for diseases such as Parkinson's, epilepsy, and depression. Kunal is a passionate advocate of the role of business as a force for good in society, and especially the role of entrepreneurial ventures in catalyzing technology-fueled revolutions and spawning new ecosystems. He is a frequent speaker on these themes at scientific meetings, industry conferences, and top Business schools. Prior to embarking on the Inscopix journey, Kunal spent time as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Kunal holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Abbas El Gamal, PhD

Cofounder & Director

Abbas El Gamal, PhD

Cofounder & Director

Abbas El Gamal is a co-founder of Inscopix, Inc. He has been on the Stanford University faculty since 1981, where he is currently the Hitachi America Professor in the School of Engineering and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research contributions have spanned several areas, including network information theory, Field Programmable Gate Arrays, and digital imaging devices and systems. Abbas received his M.S. in Statistics and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1977 and 1978, respectively. He graduated with Honors from Cairo University in 1972 with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Abbas is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received several honors and awards for his research contributions, including the 2012 Claude E. Shannon Award. Abbas has also played key roles in several Silicon Valley companies, including previously being on the founding teams of LSI [NYSE: LSI], Actel [now Microsemi, NASDAQ: MSCC], and Silicon Architects [acquired by Synopsys]. He has also served and continues to serve on the Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards of several other semiconductor, EDA, and Life Sciences startups.

Ann Miura-Ko, PhD

General Partner, Floodgate

Ann Miura-Ko, PhD

General Partner, Floodgate

Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding partner at FLOODGATE where her investment interests include the innovations in e-commerce, security, and big data. She currently sits on the boards of Modcloth, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Wanelo, Zimride, Ayasdi, Inscopix, and CSS. She was previously a board member of TaskRabbit. In addition to serving at FLOODGATE, Ann is a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she got her PhD focused on mathematical modeling of computer security. She teaches High Tech Entrepreneurship with Steve Blank and is a frequent lecturer in courses such as Technology Venture Formation, High-tech Entrepreneurship, and the Mayfield Fellows Program.

Mark Valdez

Principal, Playground Global

Mark Valdez

Principal, Playground Global

Mark Valdez serves as Principal at Playground Global. In this role, Mark leads Playground’s venture effort where he is responsible for driving the firm’s investment activities. Prior to joining Playground, Mark was a co-founder of A Capital, a venture capital firm focused on early stage consumer and enterprise technology companies. Previously, Mark was Marc Andreessen’s chief of staff at Andreessen Horowitz and was a member of the investment team at Stanford Management Company, the university’s investment management arm. He holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Mark Schnitzer, PhD

Scientific Cofounder
& Board Observer

Mark Schnitzer, PhD

Scientific Cofounder
& Board Observer

Mark Schnitzer is a co-founder of Inscopix, Inc. and its Chief Scientist. He is an Associate Professor of Biology and Applied Physics at Stanford University and is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research concerns the innovation of novel optical imaging technologies and their use in the pursuit of understanding neural circuits. Mark received his M.A. and Ph.D., both in Physics, from Princeton University in 1994 and 1999, respectively. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1992 with an A.B. in Physics. Mark is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the 2010 Allen Distinguished Investigator Award, and the 2007 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award.

Neuroscience Advisors

Eric Nestler, MD, PhD

Mt. Sinai

Eric Nestler, MD, PhD

Mt. Sinai

Dr. Nestler is the Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he serves as Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Director of the Friedman Brain Institute. He received his B.A., Ph.D., and M.D. degrees, and psychiatry residency training, from Yale University. He served on the Yale faculty from 1987-2000, where he was the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology, and Director of the Division of Molecular Psychiatry. He moved to Dallas in 2000 where he served as the Lou and Ellen McGinley Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center until moving to New York in 2008. Dr. Nestler is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The goal of Dr. Nestler’s research is to better understand the molecular mechanisms of addiction and depression based on work in animal models, and to use this information to develop improved treatments of these disorders.

Guoping Feng, PhD

MIT

Guoping Feng, PhD

MIT

Dr. Guoping Feng is the Poitras Professor of Neuroscience in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Feng’s research is devoted to understanding the development and function of synapses in the brain and how synaptic dysfunction may cause or contribute to brain disorders. Using genetically engineered animal models, Dr. Feng combines cutting-edge technology and multidisciplinary approaches to unravel the neural mechanisms of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders such as OCD, autism and bipolar disorder.

Botond Roska, MD, PhD

FMI

Botond Roska, MD, PhD

FMI

Botond Roska, MD, PhD is a Senior Group Leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland. He brings his expertise to the SAB in interdisciplinary approaches, combining molecular biology, physiology, and computational neuroscience, to elucidate the structure and function of neural circuits. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.

Hongkui Zeng, PhD

Allen Institute of Brain Science

Hongkui Zeng, PhD

Allen Institute of Brain Science

Hongkui Zeng, PhD is the Executive Director, Structured Science, at the Allen Institute of Brain Science. At Allen, she has led several large-scale research programs including the Transgenic Technology Program, the Human Cortex Gene Survey Project, the Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas Project, and the Mouse Cell Types Program. Dr. Zeng received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell biology from Brandeis University.

Surya Ganguli, PhD

Stanford

Surya Ganguli, PhD

Stanford

Surya Ganguli, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He is a leading theoretical neuroscientist, employing tools such as statistical mechanics, machine learning, and information theory to understand how neuronal networks and synapses mediate important brain functions like sensory perception, motor control and memory. Dr. Ganguli received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at UC Berkeley.

Scott Sternson, PhD

Janelia Research Campus, HHMI

Scott Sternson, PhD

Janelia Research Campus, HHMI

Scott Sternson, PhD, is a Group Leader at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus. Dr. Sternson is an expert in dissecting the circuit biology of flexible, goal-directed behaviors, and is additionally focused on developing tools for investigating cell-types in different brain areas. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University.

Clinical Advisors

William R. Brody, PhD

Salk

William R. Brody, PhD

Salk

Dr. William R. Brody, President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, an acclaimed physician-scientist, entrepreneur, and university leader, joined the Salk Institute on March 2, 2009 after 12 years as president of The Johns Hopkins University. He is a national figure in efforts to encourage innovation and strengthen the U.S. economy through investments in basic research and education. Most recently, he has written and spoken extensively around the country to promote a fuller discussion of health care reform.

Thomas R. Insel, MD

Mindstrong Health

Thomas R. Insel, MD

Mindstrong Health

Dr. Thomas R. Insel is the President and co-founder of Mindstrong. A psychiatrist and neuroscientist, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 2002-2015. Most recently he led the Mental Health Team at Verily. Dr. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe.

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