Stephen Larson is a co-founder and the project coordinator for the OpenWorm open science project which aims to reverse engineer a whole organism in an in silico digital model.  He currently works as the CEO of MetaCell, a systems biology informatics company.  He previously served as the Chief Information Officer of One Mind for Research, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating brain disease by transforming the healthcare research system via public-private information technology partnerships.   He has worked as a professional software engineer for a major New York City investment bank, co-developed a patent, presented at more than three dozen forums, published in academic journals such as Frontiers in Neuroscience and Nature, and has had his work featured in the Atlantic, New York Times, Wired, Discover, and  His diverse educational background includes a bachelor of science and master of engineering from MIT in computer science as well as a Ph.D in neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego.  Stephen is passionate in how computer systems can help us to understand fundamental principles of life.