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Executive Board

Dr. Brian Rasnow
Dr. Brian Rasnow is a lecturer in Physics at California State University Channel Islands and an inventor and consultant. For 10 years he was a Principal Scientist in Research & Automation Technologies at Amgen Inc., where his group automated drug discovery, implemented new technologies, and developed novel biodetection platforms. His systems tested tens of millions of pharmaceutical candidates and significantly contributed to the discovery of several compounds being tested in humans. He won Amgen’s “Excellence in Science and Engineering" award in 2007. Prior to Amgen, Dr. Rasnow studied neuroethology and physics at Caltech, where he received a Ph.D. in physics in 1994. He established a successful research program on weakly electric fish and proposed the first biologically and physically plausible model of how these animals might perceive objects with their electric sense. Dr. Rasnow also has extensive interest in ecology and sustainable development in the tropics. He has lived and worked in Guatemala and Costa Rica, doing projects in field biology, reforestation, hydropower, dairy, research, and management. He is a member of the Association for Laboratory Automation, Society for Neuroscience, senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a founding officer of Buenaventura, California IEEE EMBS (Engineers in Medicine and Biology) chapter.