Jeff received a B.S.
in Physics with an emphasis in condensed matter from San Diego State University. After graduation, Jeff did two years of graduate research in neurophysiology as a student at Loma Linda University
and was a research assistant at the Parkinson's Research Center (PRC), Jerry L. Pettis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, under the direction of Dr.
Jeff Tosk in the research wing of Dr. Ross Adey. Jeff's researched focused on the biophysical basis
of Parkinson's Disease and related movement disorders. His research included in vitro
cell culture work with dopaminergic neurons, using HPLC to measure dose-response
to amphetamine, photoacoustic spectroscopy work on the optical absorption
properties of neuromelanin, and chemiluminescent studies of oxidative
burst in J774 macrophage cells as a model for microglial cell death.
While a graduate student, Jeff also supported clinical neuroscience
research under Dr. A. Douglas Will and alongside Dr. Dave Warner at Loma Linda University Medical Center's Neurology Research Center
(NRC). During this time he helped pioneer new ways of integrating and applying
virtual reality technologies and data visualization techniques to the clinical
setting in areas such as quantitative assessment of movement disorders (Parkinson's
Disease, Huntington's Disease, ALS), physical rehabilitation (augmentative
communication, environmental control), and electrophysiological measurement
and analysis of bioelectromagnetic data (EEG, ECG, EMG, MEG). The NRT Lab was the focus of numerous news reports and were included in in the first SAMS publication on Virtual Reality back in 1993.
At the same time, Jeff was also Co-Director of a medical education computer-based learning center where he collaborated with physician/mentors on a wide range of medical education courseware development projects and he was a member of the IMED medication education consortium. This experience led to a change in career direction.
During the next several years, Jeff served as a multimedia consultant for the San Diego State University College of Sciences. Through workshops and online instructional materials He assisted faculty with web-based course delivery and smart classroom presentations.
Jeff then spent five years as Supervisor of the SDSU Education Center on Computational
Science and Engineering where I directed work on the incorporation of
high-performance computing including modeling, simulations, visualization
and data-intensive computing into the undergraduate curriculum.
Jeff currently works full-time as an Learning Design Technologist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on the UCSD campus. He works to promote the use of cyberinfrastructure within the K-12 and undergraduate education community through workshops, training, and curriculum development in collaboration with a talented group of co-workers and educators.
Jeff has a Master's Degree in Learning Design Technology from the SDSU Online Education Technology Master's Program. He has
extensive experience in education courseware development with emphasis
on challenging concepts in science. He has published and presented work
in visualization of electrophyisological data, virtual
reality technologies applied to neurorehabilitation, distributed medical
intelligence, and instructional design of CD-ROM video-based case studies
for pre-service teachers in math and science education. His CV is available
Jeff enjoys hiking, biking (road and mountain), all kinds of art, gardening/composting, all things 3D, and above all else, life-long learning.
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