IARPA’s Dr. David A. Markowitz Ph.D. on Revolutionary High-Risk High-Payoff Research for National Security Challenges

Dr. David Markowitz PhD — IARPA – High-Risk High-Payoff National Security Challenges Research
IARPA’s Dr. David A. Markowitz Ph.D. on High-Risk and High-Payoff Bioresearch for National Security Challenges

Dr. David A. Markowitz, Ph.D. (https://www.markowitz.bio/) is a Program Manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA — https://www.iarpa.gov/) which is an organization that invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines in the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).

IARPA has a mission to push science’s boundaries to create solutions that will help the U.S. IC do their work more effectively and efficiently in the interest of national security. IARPA has no operational mission, and they do not deploy technologies to the field. Instead, they facilitate the transfer of research results to IC clients for operational application.

Dr. Markowitz currently leads three research projects at the intersection of biology, engineering and computing. The three programs are FELIX which revolutionizes the field of biosurveillance by developing new experimental and computing tools to detect genetic engineering in complex samples of biological material; MIST which develops compact and inexpensive DNA storage devices for rapidly growing enterprise needs; and MICrONS which guides the development of machine learning algorithms using reverse-engineering of computations performed mammalian neocortex.

As a former researcher in the field of neuroscience, Dr. Markowitz has published papers as first author on neural computation, neural circuits that underlie cognition in primates and neural decoding techniques for brain-machine interfacing.

Dr. Markowitz earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in molecular and neuroscience and his Bachelor of Science in Management Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Swartz Foundation Postdoctoral fellow in Computational Neuroscience and a DOE Computational Science graduate Fellow.

Dr. Markowitz has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award 2019 for Scientists and Engineers.