Todd Gillette

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Future Technical Leader, Northrop Grumman
Lead Developer, onAir Networks and Virginia Elections Hub
PhD, Neuroscience, George Mason University

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BS Engineering and Computer Science, Swarthmore (1999-2003)
PhD Neuroscience, George Mason University (2006-2015)

Neuroscience Research Assistant with extensive experience in software development, data management, statistics, data visualization, and bioinformatics. Current research involves bioinformatic pattern searching applied to neuronal morphology. Future aim is to study neuronal networks and their specific information processing roles and capabilities. Interests also include science policy and educational outreach.

Todd studied Engineering and Computer Science at Swarthmore College, graduating in 2003, after which he moved to Virginia to work in IT (specifically knowledge managements systems) with Vivakos Inc until 2006. He then entered the Neuroscience PhD Program at George Mason University with a 2-year fellowship from Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. After the fellowship was over Todd became a Graduate Research Assistant under Dr. Giorgio Ascoli at Krasnow’s Center for Neural Informatics, Neural Structures, and Neural Plasticity (CN3) of Giorgio Ascoli where he has worked on several projects and is now working on completing his dissertation. He spent a semester working with Dr. Ted Dumas and helping publish a paper on gene therapy in addressing stress.


My work centered on neuronal morphology, with a focus in data mining and pattern analysis to determine distinct topological features (i.e. branching patterns) of various neuronal types. Some of my non open access articles can be requested and automatically delivered via my lab’s publications page.


Other Projects

  • Assisted technically in the art sculpture project Mental Floss, producing a virtual model and assisting with the projects underlying data
  • Researched at University of Central Florida’s Center for Research in Computer Vision (in 2002 as part of an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates)

Activities and Societies

  • GMU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) delegate for Neuroscience (2009-2012)
  • Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization (president 2010-2011)
  • Society for Neuroscience – Student Member (2007-present)