Future Technical Leader: Northrop Grumman
Lead Developer: Democracy onAir
PhD: Neuroscience, George Mason University
Todd is currently a Systems Engineer for Northrop Grumman as part of the Future Technical Leaders rotational program. His work has involved software and systems engineering in independent research & development and on ongoing government programs dealing with cognitive autonomy and communications systems.
BS Engineering and Computer Science, Swarthmore College (1999-2003)
PhD Neuroscience, George Mason University (2006-2015)
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. He spent a semester working with Dr. Ted Dumas and helping publish a paper on gene therapy in addressing stress.
In the CN3 as a Graduate Research Assistant under Dr. Ascoli, Todd used his extensive experience in software development, data management, statistics, data visualization, and bioinformatics. His dissertation research involved bioinformatic pattern searching applied to neuronal morphology, with further interests regarding neuronal networks and their specific information processing roles and capabilities, as well as science policy and educational outreach.
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.
- Gillette TA, Ascoli GA (2015) Topological characterization of neuronal arbor morphology via sequence representation: I – Motif analysis. BMC Bioinformatics, 16.
- Gillette TA, Hosseini P, Ascoli GA (2015) Topological characterization of neuronal arbor morphology via sequence representation: II – Global alignment. BMC Bioinformatics, 16.
- Polavaram S, Gillette TA, Parekh R, Ascoli GA (2014) Statistical analysis and data mining of digital reconstructions of dendritic morphologies. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 8(138):138.
- Gillette TA, Brown KM, Ascoli GA. The DIADEM Metric: Comparing multiple reconstructions of the same neuron. Neuroinformatics, 9:233-45 (2011).
- Gillette TA, Ascoli GA. Measuring and Modeling Morphology: How Dendrites Take Shape. In Le Novere N. (Ed.), “Computational Systems Neurobiology”, pp. 387-428, Springer (2012).
- Theodore C Dumas, Todd A Gillette, Deveroux Ferguson et al. (2010) Anti-glucocorticoid gene therapy reverses the impairing effects of elevated corticosterone on spatial memory, hippocampal neuronal excitability, and synaptic plasticity, 1712-1720. In Journal of Neuroscience 30 (5).
- Todd A Gillette, John J Grefenstette (2009) On Comparing Neuronal Morphologies with the Constrained Tree-edit-distance, 191-194. In Neuroinformatics 7 (3).
- Kerry M Brown, Todd A Gillette, Giorgio A Ascoli (2008) Quantifying neuronal size: summing up trees and splitting the branch difference, 485-493. In Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology 19 (6).
- 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
- International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE, 2017-present); certified Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE, current)
- Society for Neuroscience – Student Member (2007-2017)
- GMU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) delegate for Neuroscience (2009-2012)
- Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization (president 2010-2011)