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David Ackerman

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David is a software engineer in the Computational Methods group, aimed at using software and computational techniques to advance biological research and data analysis. He has worked on developing the neurophysiology software WaveSurfer, improving the data acquisition software for MouseLight, and advancing image registration for FlyTEM.

David has an interdisciplinary background that started in his undergrad at Northwestern University. There, he majored in physics, math and integrated sciences and performed research in a theoretical astrophysics group. Continuing to work at the boundary between fields, David went on to get his PhD at Cornell University in Gerald Feigenson's membrane physical chemistry research group. As a member of this group, David used a combination of molecular dynamics simulations, experiments and computational modeling to study the complex mixing behavior of model lipid bilayers.