Professor Gabriel A. Silva
Dr. Gabriel A. Silva is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. He is the founding Director of the Center for Engineered Natural Intelligence, and Co-Director of the Retinal Engineering Center in the Institute of Engineering in Medicine. He is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of NanoEngineering, and a faculty member in the BioCircuits Institute, the Neurosciences Graduate Program, Computational Neurobiology Program, and Institute for Neural Computation. Previously as an Associate Professor, he was the Jacobs Faculty Fellows Professor of Bioengineering. Prof. 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 2004. 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. In 2010 he delivered the Beverley and Clarence Chandran Distinguished Lecture at Duke University. 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 120 lectures and invited talks, with 10 being plenary keynote lectures or named lectures. He is an Associate Editor of four different journals and is on the editorial board of 16 journals. He has also reviewed grants 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 8 years. Dr. Silva is a co-inventor on eight issued or pending patents, is a founder or co-founder of several start up companies, has consulted for 11 other companies and is or has served on the Executive and Scientific Advisory Boards of four of them.