Meet Cody Gilleland, 5th year graduate student


Cody Gilleland, 5th year graduate student working with Prof. Fatih Yanik, High-Throughput Neurotechnology Group-RLE

Where are you from and where did you complete your undergraduate studies? 

I grew up near Dallas,TX and went to University of Texas at Dallas followed by two years with Texas Instruments.

What is your research about and why are you excited about your projects? 

We approach neuroscience with a new perspective by designing systems that automate some of the most complex biological experiments increasing speed and precision to enable rapid discoveries. We made an automated system to study how neurons regenerate after injury in a living organism. We performed laser neurosurgery on single axons and discovered a drug that enhances nerve regeneration. My research incorporates robotics, microfluidics, optics, genetics, computer vision and machine learning so I still feel like a kid playing with legos.

What do you like to do outside of research and academics?

Backyard BBQs, live music, running on the Charles River and when the weather is really nice I make igloos.

What are your career goals and future plans?

I plan to defend within the next year and start a biotech company. I'm also considering a few invitations to apply for faculty positions. Ultimately, I envision a facility full of automated machines running around the clock to accelerate development of new drugs.