Al joined NineSigma in 2008 after 30 years as an academic neuroscientist. He brings his extensive experience in education, biomedical research, project development, and management to designing, consulting and executing client projects at NineSigma.
Al was on the faculty at the University of Washington and Case Western Reserve University, where his research focused on brain development, the causes of neuronal diseases and methods for repairing damage caused by neurodegenerative diseases, brain trauma and spinal cord injury. Al authored twenty-nine research papers, was awarded numerous federal and private foundation research grants, and was the recipient of a PEW Scholars Award in the Biomedical Sciences. In addition to directing his research program, Al’s academic duties included reviewing grants for The National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association, reviewing manuscripts for several scientific journals and teaching medical and graduate students. Al has been named as an inventor on two patent applications based on research performed at Case Western Reserve University and co-founded a biotechnology company to commercialize a product for the repair of spinal cord injuries.
Al received a BA in Biology from The University of California, San Diego, and received his PhD from the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.