Dr. Ned T. Sahin, PhD
Founder & CEO | Award-Winning Neuroscientist & Entrepreneur
Dr. Sahin is a neuroscientist and neurotechnology entrepreneur. He was trained in neuroscience at Harvard (PhD), MIT (master’s), Williams College (BA), Oxford (visiting scholar), as well as UCSD Medical School (postdoc), and the Salk Institute (fellowship). His academic work has been published in journals such as Science and Nature Neuroscience, and he has been invited and presented his research and his innovations in dozens of cities in over two dozen countries. His PhD dissertation, which investigates the neural intricacies of the human language system via intracranial electrodes placed inside the brain as part of epilepsy surgery, won the prize for the best dissertation across all departments at Harvard that year. At MIT, he won several teaching prizes.
He also worked at Bell Labs and in startups and mid-sized companies, in Boston, San Diego, London, and Dublin; and has been the Principal Investigator for seven government contracts for wearable brain monitoring systems to assess and improve cognitive/mental states. Dr. Sahin founded Brain Power, LLC to bring neuroscience ideas and technological innovations to people with special challenges who can directly benefit from them the most.
Dr. Sahin is a hands-on leader of the growing Brain Power team, actively participating in all aspects of the business. Since founding Brain Power, he has won awards such as “40 Under 40” business people from both Boston Business Journal and Medtech Boston, “50 on Fire” notable people in Boston, awards from Cynopsis Media and South by Southwest (SXSW), and science awards from several autism-specific groups including one run completely by and for autistic people. Since founding Brain Power in 2013, he has been covered in hundreds of media articles or TV appearances, including CBS, NBC, PBS, the Boston Globe, Forbes, NPR, Nature, Wired, and TechCrunch.
At the helm of this science-based startup, Dr. Sahin maintains collaborations with Harvard, MIT, and Stanford; supervises scientific studies and clinical trials of the underlying technology; and superintends an array of internship programs including for high school students and for people with autism.
Dr. Sahin is deeply passionate about the mission of Brain Power, and is honored to work amongst the great team members who take that mission “from potential to reality®”!
Dr. Neha Keshav, PhD
Chief of Staff + Director of Research
Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Vahabzadeh is a Harvard Medical School based physician, trained in both medicine and psychiatry. He is the former Chair of the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a consultant to Khan Academy, Neurolaunch, and Anthem. Dr. Vahabzadeh has published extensively in clinical neuroscience and neurobiology, and has over 20 awards, including from the APA and the American Medical Association.
VP of Online Learning
Michelle brings to Brain Power 10 years of inclusion-model classroom experience in Massachusetts public schools. She has extensive experience with curriculum design (Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). For the past two decades, Michelle has worked with children in some capacity, and now combines her passion for helping students succeed with her enthusiasm for EdTech innovation.
Chief Operating Officer
Jim is an experienced global sales and operations leader who has built international offices, sales teams and revenue for seven growth-stage startups, leading to 5 acquisitions and 2 IPOs.
After spending 15 years in Asia building and managing international sales teams, Jim returned to the US where he ran global sales for cloud infrastructure startup Egenera, and later network optimization firm PeerApp. After that, he co-founded, funded, built and then sold a social media company for physicians and healthcare professionals.
Jim has been COO of Brain Power since February 2019.
Caroline Murphy– or Caro (CARE-oh) for short– is a game designer, producer, and community organizer that lives and works in the Greater Boston Area. They received their MBA from Babson in 2011, and have passionately focused on building games and game communities. They are co-founder and Executive Director of BostonFIG, a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to cultivating the next generation of game creators.
Director, Business Development & Partnerships
Jeremy holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he focussed on education policy in particular. Jeremy is an experienced entrepreneur having started his own social venture to provide a complete high school education curriculum in a self-contained tablet for students in Africa.
Dr. Anthony Sossong, MD
Mental Health Advisor
At the Psychiatry & Neurology departments at Harvard Medical School and MGH, Dr. Sossong brings to the team his clinical experience with children on the autism spectrum. He also brings prior experience as a software company CEO. His wisdom, and expertise across the clinical, strategy, and technology-translation spectrum help propel Brain Power in a scientifically based and practical direction.
Dr. Rafiq Abdus-Sabur, M.Ed.
Director of Education
A scholar, former educator, and edu-tech entrepreneur, Rafiq is a Boston-area native and understands the real nature of our educational system. His graduate studies at Harvard gave him a theory-based toolset for educating those with special needs, grounded by his real-world and practical experience with the nuances of the educational system in action.
Dr. Syd Cash, MD, PhD
Brain Health Advisor
Dr. Cash brings extensive clinical, clinical-trial, technological, medical-device, scholarly, and government-contract experience and wisdom to the Brain Power team. Syd is a Neurologist, Epileptologist and professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and MGH. He is also a wonderful colleague and it is a great pleasure to have Syd on the Brain Power team.
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