Greg Gage

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  • Neuroscientist
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Greg Gage is an American neuroscientist, entrepreneur, author and science communicator, best known as the CEO and co-founder of Backyard Brains, a company that develops affordable neuroscience experiment kits for students and educators. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor[1].

Early Life and Education

Gage was born in the United States and developed an interest in electronics and computers from an early age. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and later obtained a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on developing novel, low-cost neurotechnologies.


While pursuing his Ph.D., Gage co-founded Backyard Brains in 2009 with a fellow neuroscience graduate student, Tim Marzullo. The company aims to make neuroscience accessible to students and educators by providing affordable and user-friendly experiment kits. Their products have been used in thousands of schools and institutions worldwide, fostering a greater understanding of the brain and nervous system.

Gage has advocated for neuroscience education.[2] and has made numerous appearances on television[3] and at public events to promote the importance of hands-on neuroscience learning in the field. His TED Talks[4], including "The Cockroach Beatbox" and "How to Control Someone Else's Arm with Your Brain," have garnered millions of views, showcasing his engaging and informative approach to teaching neuroscience concepts.

In 2022, Gage co-authored the MIT Press book "How Your Brain Works"[5] which describes open-source techniques for recording of electrophysiological signals.

Awards and Recognition

Gage has received several accolades for his work in promoting neuroscience education, including the Society for Neuroscience Next Generation Award in 2010[6], the White House Champion of Change award from Barack Obama in 2013[7], and the Tibbetts Award from the United States Small Business Administration in 2020[8]


  1. "University of Michigan Profile - Dr. Greg Gage". The University of Michigan.
  2. Gage, Greg (2019). "The Case for Neuroscience Research in the Classroom". Neuron. 102 (5): 914–917. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2019.04.007. PMID 31170399.
  3. "Greg Gage: Let's start a neuro-revolution". CNN. January 8, 2013.
  4. "Greg Gage's TED Speaker Page". TED Conferences, LLC.
  5. Gage, Greg; Marzullo, Tim (Oct 25, 2022). How Your Brain Works: Neuroscience Experiments for Everyone. The MIT Press. ISBN 0262544385.
  6. "Society for Neuroscience - 2010 Award and Prize Recipients" (PDF). Harvard University.
  7. "Backyard Brains – Gear for D.I.Y. Neuroscientists!". The Obama White House.
  8. "SBIR/STTR Tibbetts Award 2020 - Backyard Brains". Small Business Administration.

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