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Advisory Board

Steven C. Conolly, PhD

Dr. Conolly is the Montford G. Cook Endowed Chair and Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. He was elected Chair of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering from 2006-2009. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Instruction in BioE at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Conolly specializes in medical imaging and biosensing hardware, with a focus on Magnetic Particle Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MPI biomedical applications include stem cell tracking, perfusion imaging, angiography and cancer imaging. Prof. Conolly has won research support from CIRM, NIH and UC Discovery, the Siebel Foundation and the Keck Foundation.

He received his B.S in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Conolly has 30 patents in various stages of approval, and more than half of these have been licensed by industry. In 2004, Prof. Conolly was a recipient of the prestigious Stanford’s Outstanding Inventor award.

Berkeley Imaging Systems Laboratory

Howard Fields, MD, PhD

Dr. Fields is Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Physiology at UCSF and the founding Director of the Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction. He received his MD and PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford in 1965-66. After Internal Medicine training at Bellevue Hospital in New York, he spent three years as a research neurologist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Following clinical training in neurology at the Boston City Hospital Service of Harvard Medical School in 1972, he joined the faculty of the University of California San Francisco. 

Dr. Fields’ major interests are in nervous system mechanisms of pain and substance abuse with a focus on how endogenous opioids contribute to these mechanisms. He was a founder of the UCSF pain management center and has made major contributions to understanding and treating neuropathic pain. His group was the first to demonstrate the clinical effectiveness of opioids for neuropathic pain and of topical lidocaine for post-herpetic neuralgia. In laboratory studies he discovered and elucidated a pain modulating neural circuit that is required for opioids to produce analgesia. He also discovered that placebo analgesia is blocked by an opioid antagonist. Recently, his laboratory has discovered nerve cells in the striatum that selectively encode the magnitude of a reward. They have also shown how the neurotransmitter dopamine contributes to motivation and reward based choice. Current work is focused on the neurobiology of opioid reward.

Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction


Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD

Dr. Gazzaley is the David Dolby Distinguished Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at UCSF, and the Founder / Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research. He received his MD and a PhD in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed Neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley. 

Dr. Gazzaley’s main research interest is in the design and development of novel brain assessment and optimization tools to impact education, wellness, and medicine. His novel approach involves the development of custom-designed, closed-loop video games integrated with the latest advancements in software (brain computer interfaces, GPU computing, cloud-based analytics) and hardware (virtual/augmented reality, motion capture, mobile physiological recording devices, transcranial electrical brain stimulation). These technologies are then advanced to rigorous research studies that evaluate their impact on multiple aspects of brain function and physiology. His lab utilizes a powerful combination of neurophysiological tools, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).


Robert T. Knight, MD

Dr. Knight is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UC Berkeley and Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at UCSF. He earned a BS in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an MD from Northwestern University Medical School, did Neurology training at UC San Diego, Post-Doctoral training at the Salk Institute and was a member of the Neurology Department at UC Davis from 1980-1998. He moved to UC Berkeley in 2000 and served as Director of the UC Berkeley Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute from 2001- 2011.

Dr. Knight’s research focuses on the role of prefrontal cortex in human behavior. His laboratory aims to understand the neural mechanisms underlying frontal cortex control of distributed neuronal ensembles critical for both cognitive and social behavior. The laboratory employs neuropsychological, electrophysiological, fMRI and neuroanatomical techniques to study prefrontal function in neurological patients. His laboratory also records the electrocorticogram directly from the human cortex in neurosurgical patients to obtain information on the oscillatory dynamics supporting human behavior. As part of this neurosurgical effort his lab has recently become interested in the area of brain machine interface.

Knight Lab