Stephen Larson

Stephen Larson
MetaCell, LLC
United States

Speaker of Workshop 4

Will talk about: Open Worm: A community developed in silico model of C. Elegans

Bio sketch:

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, NewYork 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.

Talk abstract:

Stephen Larson will present the OpenWorm project (, which aims to create an in†silico, data driven model of the nematode C. elegans. This currently unfunded project has been successful in attracting computational and experimental neuroscientists and software developers from around the world towards this common goal.