Venture Café – Keith Hengen, PhD and Shantanu Chakrabartty, PhD Present: Of Brains and Chips

August 20, 2020
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Precision Medicine Thursdays at Venture Café
Attendance is FREE and open to all


Keith Hengen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology                                                                 Washington University in St. Louis

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Shantanu Chakrabartty, PhD

Clifford W. Murphy Professor of Electrical & Systems Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

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Neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer Disease, are widely blamed on the accumulation of toxic proteins. However, all attempts to intervene at the level of the protein have failed. Emerging tools and computational approaches are opening a door to considering diseases through the novel lens of complex systems – already, these methods are gathering significant explanatory power. We will discuss computation in large networks of neurons, and machine learning tools for decoding the underlying state of the brain.  Additionally, we will discuss neuromorphic engineering and how some of these neuroscience insights could be translated into silicon chips.

On the third Thursday of every month, ICTS Precision Medicine hosts a session featuring WashU faculty working in translational genomics/precision medicine areas. Talks are typically oriented toward biotechnology, diagnostics, informatics, start-ups and precision interventions based on medical genomics innovations.