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Gabriel A. Silva

Professor of Bioengineering and Neurosciences; Founding Director, Center for Engineered Natural Intelligence, University of California San Diego

I am a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego, the Founding Director of the Center for Engineered Natural Intelligence, and Associate Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind. I also hold a Jacobs Family Scholar in Engineering Endowed Chair. My other academic appointments include 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, and San Diego Super Computer Center. Our lab's research is focused at the intersection of mathematics, physics, and engineering in order to understand how the biological brain learns, represents, and processes complex information, what happens when there is a breakdown in neurological disorders, and how we can use what we learn to develop novel neural derived models and algorithms for next generation machine learning and artificial intelligence, beyond the current state of the art. Related is work we are doing using algebraic topology and graph theory to analyze and model both complex neural data and machine-generated data.


  • –present
    Silva, University of California San Diego


  • 2001 
    Hon.BSc and MSc @ University of Toronto, PhD at University of Illinois Chicago, postdoc at Northwestern University, Hon.BSc double major in human physiology biophysics, MSc in neurophysiology, PhD in theoretical/computational neuroscience, postdoc in nanotechnology and neural engineering


Various, including 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