Lead Scientists

Critical to the success of Allied Minds’ subsidiaries are the lead scientists who drive the technical development. We are proud of our scientific team.

  • Mina J. Bissell, Ph.D. (Novare)

    Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

    Distinguished Scientist, Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    Dr. Bissell is an award winning scientist, who has been recognized for her lifetime contributions to the field of breast cancer research. She earned her B.SC., M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Besides her work at LBNL, Dr. Bissell is also a Factulty Member at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California. She holds several patents in the area of cancer research. In 2010, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on working scientists. The Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto in Portugal has named its award given for lifetime cancer research after Dr. Bissell.

  • Charles Clancy is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, and Director of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology. He oversees the university’s research and educational programs supporting the intelligence community, to include classified research programs, the DNI Center for Academic Excellence program, and the NSA/DHS Center for Academic Excellence program. Since joining the university in 2010 he has built key cybersecurity-related programs at the university, and is co-director of the NSF Security and Software Engineering Research Center and director of the L-3 STRATIS Cybersecurity Innovations Laboratory. His personal area of research focuses on wireless security from the physical to application layer. He leads a number of the Android-related security research programs at Virginia Tech, including programs in SE Linux and lightweight virtualization.

    Before joining Virginia Tech in 2010, Dr. Clancy was a DoD civilian supporting the Pentagon working as the senior technical advisor to the US military’s telecommunications reconstruction effort in Iraq, stationed at the US Embassy in Baghdad. As the key liaison to the private sector, he architected the country’s optical Internet backbone, expanded of the Iraqi equivalents of NIPRnet and SIPRnet, and was responsible for a working with GSM operators to deny terrorists a key avenue for IED command and control that was credited with saving 100’s of lives leading up to the Iraqi parliamentary elections in 2010. He received the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism for his service in Iraq.

    Prior to deploying to Iraq in 2009, Dr. Clancy served as the engineering leader for RF and signal processing programs within NSA’s Research Directorate. There he led research programs in the areas of software radio, cognitive radio, WiFi, WiMAX, and 4G totaling $50M over five years. He and his team fielded operational prototypes worldwide. In 2006 Dr. Clancy received the Deckert-Foster SIGINT Engineering Award for developing NSA’s core WiFi cryptologic tools and productizing them for expeditionary use in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    Dr. Clancy received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park; his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and his BS in Computer Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He was twice nominated for the position of Security Area Director of the IETF and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

  • Associate Professor , Department of Radiology, Washington University Medical School

    Dr. Culver is a physicist by training who work with the UWMS in their radiology department as well as being an Adjunct Professor in the Washington University Physics Department. His work is centers on the development of exploiting non-invasive optical measurements for molecular biology and functional biology. Dr. Culver has a B.A., M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania. His laboratory at University of Washington is developing a wearable brain imaging that will expand the range of human behaviors that can be assessed with functional neuroimaging techniques.

  • John Daily, Ph.D. (Precision Biopsy)

    University of Colorado

    Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

    Dr. Daily’s academic career has been primarily devoted to the field of combustion and environmental studies. He has recently been working in the areas of biomass thermochemical processing and source characterization, which has applications in such diverse areas such as optical biopsy and wildfire behavior. Dr. Daily has B.Sc and M.S. Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is also the Director of the Center for Combustion and Environmental Research, located in Golden, CO.

  • Tom DiBartholomeo, MD

    RAM Partners, LLC and Connecticut Image Guided Surgery (CigSurg), P.C.

    Dr. DiBartholomeo is a practicing interventional radiologist at CigSurg in Connecticut. He is also a Senior Analyst at Ram Partners, a public equity hedge fund that invests in areas including medtech, biotech, and pharma. He received his MD and completed his residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in Bronx New York.

    Dr. DiBartholomeo’s interests include vascular and interventional radiology, disease management through minimally invasive and image guided therapeutics, Medtech, Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic testing, Biotech, and healthcare IT analysis. Previously, Dr. DiBartholomeo was Director of Interventional Radiology at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut and Vice President of Stamford Radiological Associates.

  • Ole Isacson, PhD

    Harvard University

    Ole Isacson is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of the Center for Neurogeneration Research/Neurogeneration Laboratories at McLean Hospital and an NIH Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Center of Excellence grant awardee. Dr. Isacson is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center and Principal Faculty of Harvard Stem Cell Institute. He obtained his doctoral degree in Neurobiology at University of Lund in Sweden in 1987, joined Harvard in 1989 and established a research laboratory in Neuroregeneration.

    Dr. Isacson is a founding member and past President of the American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair, as well as the current President of the International Cell Transplantation Society. He is on the board of numerous scientific journals, and serves as a scientific reviewer and advisor to the NIH, DOD, FDA, Parkinson and other neurological disease community groups. He had significant advisory roles in several early biotechnology companies and is currently the business advisor to GilaGen. Dr. Isacson is author or co-author of over 200 research publications in neuroscience and neurology, and three books in his field.

  • Matthew Kay, PhD (LuxCath)

    George Washington University

    Matthew Kay, PE, D.Sc., received a Bachelors and Masters degree from North Carolina State University. In 2000 he received a Doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed Post-Doctoral training at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Kay was a research assistant professor at UAB and in the Dept. of Pharmacology and Physiology at The George Washington University before joining the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at GWU as an Assistant Professor.

    Dr. Kay's research is primarily focused upon understanding cardiac electrical activity during normal and disease conditions - with an overall goal of improving heart disease therapies. His expertise is in fluorescence and electrical imaging of heart tissue and cultures of cardiac cells. He uses custom image processing algorithms and computational models to test hypotheses and identify mechanisms of cardiac electrical pathologies. His recent studies have focused upon identifying ischemic mechanisms of ectopic arrhythmias.

  • Professor, Physics Department, New York University

    The focus of Dr. Kent’s research is the physics of small scale ferromagnetic structures, condensed matter physics and in the physics of magnetic nanostructures. He earned his B. Sc. from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph. D. from Stanford University. Dr. Kent has conducted experimental studies of quantum tunneling of magnetization and coherence in arrays of nanometer scale magnets known as single molecule magnets. He has also studied spin-dependent transport and spin momentum transfer in thin film magnetic nanopillars. He holds several patents relating to the spin-transfer technology. Dr. Kent has expertise in thin film growth and characterization, device nanofabrication and high frequency measurements, which includes; ferromagnetic resonance, electron paramagnetic resonance and time-resolved studies of magnetization dynamics.

  • Manuel C. Lagunas-Solar, Ph.D. (RF Biocidics)

    University of California, Davis

    Research Chemist, Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, University of California, Davis

    Dr. Lagunas-Solar’s research has led to several breakthroughs in non-chemical methods of disinfection and pest control of agricultural products. He holds several patents, both in the US and internationally, in the area of utilizing radiofrequency and ultraviolet methods for disinfection and pest control. Dr. Lagunas-Solar’s hold a degree from the Universidad Catolica in Chile, as well as a M.S. in Radiation Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. in Radiochemistry from the University of California, Davis.

  • Dale N. Larson (CryoXtract)

    Draper Laboratory

    Director of Biomedical Systems, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory

    Mr. Larson has had an extensive career taking emerging technologies, shepherding them through the research and development process and into viable applications and businesses. He is an engineer by training with a BSME from the University of Virginia and a MSME from Stanford University. Mr. Larson holds several patents for biomedical devices and chemical detection equipment. Mr. Larson the founding Director of the Technology & Engineering Center at Harvard University Medical School.

  • Eric Leuthardt, MD (AM Devices)

    Washington University

    Eric Leuthardt, M.D. is a neurosurgeon who is currently an associate professor with the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also the Director of the Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology. Dr. Leuthardt was given one of the highest acknowledgments in his field by being presented with the Annual Award of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery in Berlin, Germany. On a national level, he was named one of the Top Young Innovators by MIT’s magazine, Technology Review, an honor given to 100 individuals under the age of 35 each year whose work in technology has global impact.

    Dr. Leuthardt received his B.S. in Biology and Theology at St. Louis University in 1995 and received his M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine in 1999. He went on to complete his training at Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 and went on to pursue a combined fellowship in epilepsy and spinal surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2006. His work in the field of neuroprosthetics and neurosurgical devices has yielded him numerous accolades as a scientist, a neurosurgeon, and an inventor. Dr. Leuthardt has over 800 patents on file with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is widely published in scientific journals and has received a number of scholarly awards in recognition of his contributions. He is also a published writer; his first novel RedDevil 4 will be released early 2014.

  • David C. Martin, Ph.D. (Biotectix)

    University of Michigan

    Karl W. and Renate Boer Professor Chair, Department of MSE, University of Delaware

    Dr. Martin is an award winning research and educator with expertise in polymers. He earned his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. His research has explored the use of polymers for interfacing biomedical devices with living tissue, the micromechanisms of deformation and failure in polymer solid and molecular engineering of high-strength polymer fibers. Dr. Martin’s innovations have applications across many diverse industries.

  • Dr. Robert McGwier is the Director of Research of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, and Research Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He leads the overall execution of the Center's research mission, Blacksburg operations, and lead's the university's program development efforts in national security applications of wireless and space systems. His area of expertise is in radio frequency communications and digital signal processing.

    Before joining Virginia Tech, Dr. McGwier spent 26 years as a member of the technical staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses' Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ, where he worked on advanced research topics in mathematics and communications supporting the federal government. He received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University in 1988. His work on behalf of the federal government has earned him many awards, including one of the intelligence community's highest honor in 2002.

    McGwier is an avid amateur radio operator (call sign N4HY) and has previously served as the vice president of engineering for the Amateur Radio Satellite Corporation as well as on the membership of its board of directors. He is a member and former director of the Tucson Amateur Packet Radio. He won the Dayton Amateur Radio Association Technical Award in 1990 and the Central State VHF Society Chambers Award in 2007 for his work in software defined radio and its application to amateur radio.

  • Marco Mercader, MD (LuxCath)

    George Washington University

    Dr. Marco Mercader is a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist with The GW Medical Faculty Associates and an associate professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

    He is a magna cum laude graduate in bioengineering from Syracuse University. He completed his medical school training at the State University of New York where he received the American Federation for Clinical Research Award.

    He trained in internal medicine at George Washington University and completed his cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology fellowships at the same institution. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology. He was selected as a Washingtonian Top Doctor in 2012.

    Dr. Mercader is author of several publications and book chapters with a focus on cardiac arrhythmias. He has multiple abstracts presented at American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society meetings.

    His clinical interests include the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias with cardiac ablation procedures and cardiac pacing/defibrillation devices.

  • Joseph Mitola is recognized internationally for his formulation and groundbreaking research in software-defined radio (SDR) and cognitive radio systems and technologies. In addition to having published the first technical paper on software radio architecture in 1991, Mitola has published widely and taught courses in software radio in the US, Europe, and Asia. As founding chair of the SDR Forum, he pioneered global innovation in SDR among industry, government, and academic research organizations.His Licentiate Thesis in Teleinformatics coined the term cognitive radio for the integration of machine perception of RF, visual and speech domains with machine learning into SDR to make dynamic spectrum access technically viable. His doctoral dissertation created the first architecture for such autonomous radios, formulating the cognition cycle on which the sensing and opportunistic use of radio spectrum whitespace is based.

    In 2011, Mitola retired from Stevens Institute of Technology as the Distinguished Professor and Vice President for the Research Enterprise. As Vice President for Stevens Research Enterprise, Mitola develops large scale, cross-disciplinary research initiatives with the Institute's diverse centers, laboratories, and contract research projects.

    Before joining Stevens, Mitola served as Chief Scientist of the Department of Defense's The MITRE Corporation, where he led program teams to invent novel solutions to critical DoD mission shortfalls in telecommunications and information processing. Between 2002 and 2005, he was on loan from MITRE to the US DoD to lead trustable cognitive systems research for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) as Special Assistant to the DARPA Director and NSA Deputy Director. From 1997 to 1999 he was founding Technical Director of Cryptologic Modeling and Simulation for the US DoD. Between 1994 and 1996, he was the General Systems Engineer for the US Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office where he led the creation of the congressionally mandated strategy and led the transition of billions of dollars of legacy sensors, communications, and information systems to lower cost, more mission effective modernized tactical distributed processing networks. He also served as Special Technical Advisor to the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Previously, Mitola held positions of technical leadership with ITT Corporation, E-Systems, Advanced Decision Systems, and Harris Corporation.

    Mitola is the recipient of many awards including the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service (2005) and the Inaugural Recipient of the SDR Forum Industry Achievement Award (2002). He has also served as the Editor in Chief, of the Radio Communications Series IEEE Communications Magazine 1998-2003.

    Mitola holds a BS in EE with highest honors from Northeastern University, an MSE from Johns Hopkins University, a Licentiate in Engineering; and Doctorate in Teleinformatics from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm

  • Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed is director of Wireless@VT, deputy director of MPRG, and the Willis G. Worcester professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, specializing in spread spectrum, position location, digital signal processing, interference rejection, modem design, smart antennas, and software radios.

    Dr. Reed has authored, co-authored, or co-edited 20 books and contributed to 6. He has authored or co-authored over 190 journal and conference papers. Dr. Reed is a past recipient of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Research. He has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over 70 projects while at Virginia Tech. Dr. Reed continues to work as a consultant and has provided short courses to many companies. He was awarded IEEE Fellow in December 2004.

    Dr. Reed received his BSEE in 1979, MSEE in1980, and Ph.D. in1987, all from the University of California, Davis. From 1980 to 1986, he worked for Signal Science, Inc., a small consulting firm specializing in DSP and communication systems. After graduating with his Ph.D., Dr. Reed worked as a private consultant and as a part-time faculty member at the University of California, Davis. In August 1992, Dr. Reed joined the faculty of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

    Dr. Ritter is an academician and researcher who focuses on fluorination chemistry for late-stage functionalization of complex natural and unnatural products and bimetallic transition metal redox catalysis. Dr. Ritter earned his Ph. D.. from the ETH Zurich and conducted his post-doc work at Stanford University. He has also earned an M.B.A. at Hagen University. Dr Ritter has earned multiple awards and is an international lecturer. His research programs are based on synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry working towards the development of new synthetic methods based on transition metal catalysis; stereoselective synthesis of biologically active natural and unnatural products.

  • Peter L. Rosenblatt is the Director of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 1999, Dr. Rosenblatt has been the Director of the Fellowship Program in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Auburn. Dr. Rosenblatt is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rosenblatt received his B.A. from Brown University and his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine, in Boston. He then completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Rosenblatt then completed his fellowship in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Brown University. Dr. Rosenblatt co-founded the New England Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists in 1999. Dr. Rosenblatt has served as a consultant, researcher and speaker for many medical device and pharmaceutical companies. He frequently speaks regionally and nationally on a number of topics related to urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery, including laparoscopic, vaginal and abdominal approaches to gynecologic surgery. Dr. Rosenblatt has authored many original research papers in gynecology and serves as a reviewer for several peer reviewed journals in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also the holder of four U.S. patents in the field of Urogynecology and surgical instruments.

  • Narine Sarvazyan, PhD (LuxCath)

    George Washington University

    Narine Sarvazyan graduated from Moscow State University majoring in Biophysics. She received her Ph.D from the Institute of Experimental Biology in Yerevan, Armenia, following by postdoctoral training at the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo. She then joined the faculty ranks of Texas Tech University. Currently Dr. Sarvazyan is an Associate Professor at the George Washington University in Washington DC. Her main research interests include cellular origins of ectopic arrhythmias and cardiotoxicity of anthracyclines.

  • Masaru Tsuchiya, PhD

    SiEnergy Systems

    Dr. Masaru Tsuchiya serves as the Vice President of Technology of SiEnergy Systems, a Harvard University spin-off company located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. SiEnergy is an early-stage company commercializing a novel thin film solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) developed by Masaru in collaboration with Harvard University researchers. He received his Bachelors of Science in Applied Physics from Keio University in 2005, Master of Science in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 2007, and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 2009. Masaru is continuing the development of his company’s technology, and leading the commercialization process to bring this breakthrough fuel cell technology to the market.

  • Eva A. Turley, Ph.D. (Novare)

    Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

    Professor, Department of Oncology, University of Western Ontario

    Dr. Turley area of research is focused on identifying the signaling pathways that regulate cell motility and tumor cell invasion, in particular, factors that contribute to breast cancer progression. She holds nearly 100 patents/ pending patents in the area of cell motility, immune response and role of connective tissue. Dr. Turley has experience in both academia and in industry; she also holds Research Scientist position at the London Regional Cancer Program, London Health Sciences Centre.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Colorado Medical School

    Dr. Werahera area of research is the biomedical and biotechnology areas of natural history and mechanisms of carcinogenesis. He earned his B.S. from the University of Moratuwa, his M.S. from Oregon State University and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University. Dr. Werahera also holds an advisory position with the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado. His research applies engineering to medical research spanning such areas as guided needle biopsy protocols; optical spectroscopy for disease diagnosis, computer architecture and parallel processing, embedded computing systems and simulations and statistical modeling.

  • Jules White is an Assistant Professor of Cyber-physical Systems in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is the director of the Mobile Application computinG, optimizatoN, and secUrity Methods (MAGNUM) group at Virginia Tech. The MAGUM group is focused on developing next-generation mobile cyber-physical security and sensing systems with commodity mobile devices. His research through the MAGNUM group is funded by a variety of industry, government, and DoD sponsors, such as the Air Force Research Laboratories, Army Research Office, National Science Foundation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Siemens Corporate Research, and the Virginia Tech Applied Research Center.

    Previous research projects directed by Dr. White have led to startups, such as SplitSecnd, which recently received a $1 million round of venture capital funding. Research projects have also been successfully transitioned to industry partners, such as Lockheed Martin and Siemens AG. Other research efforts have led to widely used opensource tools, such as the Generic Eclipse Modeling System that was produced by Dr. White, incorporated into the Eclipse Foundation, and distributed through their worldwide mirrors.

    Before joining Virginia Tech, Dr. White was a Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University in the Institute for Software Integrated Systems. At Vanderbilt, Dr. White led the integration of smartphone-based topics into the undergraduate curriculum. Prior to Vanderbilt, Dr. White worked for IBM’s Boston Innovation Center where he worked with IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center on developing rule engines and constraint-optimization systems for fleet scheduling.

    Dr. White received his BA in Computer Science from Brown University, his MS in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, and his PhD in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University. He serves as a consultant to industry on mobile computing and works with clients, such as Apple. Dr. White is also currently a Visiting Research Scientist at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute.

  • Fan-Gang Zeng, Ph.D. (SoundCure)

    University of California, Irvine

    Professor and Director of Research, Anatomy & Neurobiology Department, University of California School of Medicine

    Dr. Zeng’s is an accomplished Otolaryngology expert who’s research is seeking to understand human communication disorders from deafness and tinnitus to stuttering and language impairment. He earned his B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China, his M.S. from Institute of Physiology, Academia Sinica and his Ph. D. from Syracuse University. Dr. Zeng’s is also the Director of Cochlear Implant Research at the University of California, Irvine’s Health Center. He holds 7 patents, is extensively published and has been invited to lecture worldwide. His current research concentrates on the development and design innovative prosthetic devices and training procedures for people who have lost hearing and balance functions.

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