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Neurocareers: Doing The Impossible!

May 28, 2023

Welcome back to "Neurocareers: Doing the Impossible!"—the podcast that dives deep into the realm of careers in neuroscience and neurotechnologies with leading experts. Today, we have a guest who will challenge your perception of what's possible in the field.

Have you ever wondered if we can decode language and other human functions directly from brain signals? Our next guest, Dr. Gerwin Schalk, pondered this question and made it a reality.

Join us as we explore Dr. Schalk's groundbreaking work in neuroscience and neuroengineering. From his innovative research with neurosurgical patients to his invention of a revolutionary functional mapping procedure for neurosurgery, he has truly pushed the boundaries of what we thought was achievable.

But that's not all! Dr. Schalk's expertise extends beyond the lab. As the Chief Scientific Officer at Helios Life Enterprises, he is leading the development of COMPREHEND. This AI-based system extracts crucial information from executives' voices during earnings conference calls. He is also the Director at the Frontier Lab for Applied Neurotechnology, working tirelessly to develop and promote novel and useful neurotechnologies that improve lives.

Get ready to be inspired as Dr. Gerwin Schalk shares his vast knowledge and experiences. Whether you're a student or a seasoned professional, his insights and advice on building a career in neuroscience and related fields will leave you motivated and hungry for more.

So, kick back, relax, and prepare to embark on an exhilarating journey into the fascinating world of neuroscience and neurotechnologies with Dr. Gerwin Schalk!

Stay tuned for the upcoming episode—it's one you want to listen to!

About the Podcast Guest:

Dr. Gerwin Schalk is a remarkable scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur who has made significant contributions to the fields of AI/machine learning, neurotechnology, and FinTech. From an early fascination with the potential of decoding thoughts and emotions from human biosignals, he embarked on a journey that led to groundbreaking discoveries. With a strong academic background and a focus on computer technology, signal processing, and AI/machine learning, Dr. Schalk paved the way for groundbreaking research demonstrating humans' ability to control machines through their brain signals.

As a research scientist for over 20 years at Wadsworth Center, Dr. Schalk conducted pioneering research in neuroscience and neuroengineering. He also played a pivotal role in developing BCI2000, the standard software used in brain-computer interface research worldwide. His impressive scientific accomplishments include over 130 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and extensive media coverage.

Currently serving as the Director at the Frontier Lab for Applied Neurotechnology, Dr. Schalk is dedicated to improving lives through the development and promotion of novel neurotechnologies. As the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Helios Life Enterprises, he leads the scientific and technical development of COMPREHEND—an AI-based system that extracts valuable information from executives' voices during earnings conference calls.

Dr. Schalk's expertise extends beyond academia and research. He served as an Associate Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College, where he performed research with neurosurgical patients, decoding language and other aspects of human functions from brain signals. His detailed understanding of medical device technology led to the invention of a new functional mapping procedure for neurosurgery.

With his diverse experiences, Dr. Schalk is now focused on conceiving, developing, testing, and promoting novel and useful neurotechnologies as the Director of the Frontier Lab for Applied Neurotechnology at the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute. His unique blend of skills, including artificial intelligence, neurology, neuroscience, and software development, drives his mission to improve people's lives.

Dr. Gerwin Schalk's exceptional expertise, research, and entrepreneurial endeavors have made him a true force in the field of neurotechnology. His contributions continue to push the boundaries of what's possible and inspire others to explore the fascinating intersection of neuroscience and AI-driven advancements.

Learn more about Dr. Shalk's work here:

Helios Life Enterprises

The Chen Frontier Lab for Applied Neurotechnology

Connect with Dr. Schalk on LinkedIn:

About the Podcast Host:

The Neurocareers podcast is brought to you by The Institute of Neuroapproaches ( and its founder, Milena Korostenskaja, Ph.D. (Dr. K), a neuroscience educator, research consultant, and career coach for students and recent graduates in neuroscience and neurotechnologies. As a professional coach with a background in the field, Dr. K understands the unique challenges and opportunities facing students in this field and can provide personalized coaching and support to help you succeed.

Here's what you'll get with one-on-one coaching sessions from Dr. K:

  • Identification and pursuit of career goals
  • Guidance on job search strategies, resume and cover letter development, and interview preparation
  • Access to a network of professionals in the field of neuroscience and neurotechnologies
  • Ongoing support and guidance to help you stay on track and achieve your goals

You can always schedule a free neurocareer consultation/coaching session with Dr. K at

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