nate cermak

nate cermak

Biological Engineer

Neuralink

Biography

I am a biologist and an engineer, excited about making new tools to enable faster and more accessible science.

I’ve developed technologies spanning electronics, optics, microfluidics, statistics, signal processing, and algorithmic development, and applied them across areas from microbiology to neuroscience.

Interests

  • precision measurement
  • open-source & low-cost/at-cost labware
  • high-throughput biology & screening methods
  • statistical modeling & inference
  • biological memory & signal processing
  • microfluidics
  • complex dynamics in biological systems

Education

  • PhD in Computational & Systems Biology, 2016

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • BS in Applied Math and Biochemistry, 2010

    University of Washington

Skills

Programming

R, Python, C, LabView, Verilog

Statistics

Regression and classification, GLMs to SVMs, Naive Bayes to kNN

Signal Processing

Linear (analog, FIR/IIR) and nonlinear filters to lock-ins, resonators, and frequency division multiplexing

Circuit & PCB Design

Kicad, Eagle

Microscopy & Image Processing

From building custom brightfield tracking scopes to multiphoton LSM

Recent Publications

(2021). Intrinsic Disruption of the M1 Cortical Network in a Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease. Movement Disorders.

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(2020). Whole-organism behavioral profiling reveals a role for dopamine in state-dependent motor program coupling in C. elegans. eLife.

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(2019). Stimjim: open source hardware for precise electrical stimulation. bioRxiv.

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(2019). Rapid and high-precision sizing of single particles using parallel suspended microchannel resonator arrays and deconvolution. Review of Scientific Instruments.

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Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Neuroengineer

Neuralink

2020 January – Present California
  • Developed ultra high-throughput electrochemical test equipment
  • Performed in vivo device validation, simultaneous electrophysiological recordings and microscopy
  • Developing high-throughput image processing pipelines
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Researcher with Jackie Schiller

Technion Israel Institute of Technology

2017 October – 2019 December Haifa, Israel
  • I studied the biophysical computations made by single neurons in awake, behaving mice, using in vivo two-photon calcium imaging.
  • Performed viral injections and optical window surgeries
  • Developed data analysis pipeline to map calcium activity onto neuron structure.
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Researcher with Steve Flavell

MIT

2016 September – 2017 August Cambridge, MA
 
 
 
 
 

PhD Student with Scott Manalis and Martin Polz

MIT

2010 June – 2016 June Cambridge, MA

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