About the P.I.


Todd P. Coleman received the B.S. degrees in electrical engineering (summa cum laude), as well as computer engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2000, along with the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 2002, and 2005. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a postdoctoral scholar at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital in computational neuroscience. From the the fall of 2006, until June 2011, he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign. 

As of July 2011, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Coleman also holds joint appointments in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Department of Ophthalmology in the School of Medicine at UCSD. Dr. Coleman is the Director of the Neural Interaction Laboratory within the Bioengineering Department, co-Director of the Center for Perinatal Health within the campus-wide Institute of Engineering and Medicine, and the Engineering Representative for the campus-wide Global Health Initiative. His research is highly inter-disciplinary, lying at the intersection of applied mathematics, scalable machine learning, bio-electronics, medicine, and public health. Current clinical areas of focus with those synergies include perinatal health, chronic disease management, and healthy aging.

Dr. Coleman, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient, was awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Senior Class Prize in 1999 and was awarded the MIT EECS Department’s M. J. Levin Award for Best Masterworks Oral Thesis Presentation in 2002. Beginning Fall 2009, Coleman he served as a co-Principal Investigator on a 5-year NSF IGERT interdisciplinary training grant for graduate students, titled “Neuro-engineering: A Unified Educational Program for Systems Engineering and Neuroscience”. He was a Fellow with the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study for the 2010-2011 academic year.  He served on the DARPA ISAT study group from 2009-2012, and since 2012 has served as a science advisor for the Science & Entertainment Exchange (National Academy of Sciences).   He has been named a 2015 Gilbreth Lecturer by the National Academy of Engineering; a “Root 100” list member as one of 100 African Americans, ages 25 to 45, responsible for the year’s most significant moments, movements and ideas; and a speaker for the 2015 TEDMED annual event. His research has been featured on CNN, BBC, and the New York Times.