My name is Daril Brown and I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Electrical Engineering Department at UC San Diego specializing in Medical Devices and Systems. I work under the advisement of both Prof. Vikash Gilja in the Translational Neural Engineering Lab and Prof. Tim Gentner in the Auditory Neurophysiology Lab. I am also affiliated with the Voytek Lab.
Quick Overview about Me
One of my guiding philosophies is to always “reach back as I strive forward.” So you can regularly find me communicating to the general public to get them excited about science or mentoring the next generation of diverse engineers. I aspire to be an advocate for science literacy who helps to lower the barriers to entry for those underrepresented in science and engineering.
As a self taught programmer I am a big advocate for open science, and have worked to create and share useful tools (both hardware and software) that can enable others to reproduce my work. However my interests for self enrichment aren’t limited to software. I have also sought training in Engineering Leadership, Business, Science Communication, and Neurotech Development.
At present my research seeks to establish songbirds as a novel animal model for the development of a human speech prosthesis. My work has largely focused on understanding the neural encoding of the bird’s intended song so that we can develop systems that can predict and produce it for them. You can read more about my current research explained at two levels, one for the general public and the other for those in the neuroscience field, here. I have also given three 3-minute talks on my research as a Finalist, and 2nd Place Finalist, at UCSD’s Grad Slam competition that you can watch on youtube at the following links: [ 2018, 2020, and 2021 (2nd Place)].