James Eles

James Eles

Junior Commercial Translation Associate

Developing commercial translation analyses for early-stage research teams funded by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.


PhD Candidate

Department of Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh

Understanding and improving the interaction between implanted biomaterials and neural tissue for brain-machine interfaces.

Education & Experience


James is a PhD Candidate in the Neural Tissue/Electrode Interface and Neural Tissue Engineering Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on understanding and improving the interaction between neural tissue and implantable medical devices for brain-machine interfaces. Interested in medical product translation, James joined with OXIDENT in 2015—a team of bioengineers, chemical engineers, and dental clinicians to further the commercial translation of technology to reduce complications from dental implants. The team’s efforts resulted in over $140,000 in funding from University of Pittsburgh commercialization grants and competitions, and ultimately the spin-out company Interphase Materials. Following this experience, James began working at sciVelo to further explore and contribute to the entrepreneurial ecosystem at University of Pittsburgh. James is also active in the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition and University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Engineering Society chapter.

Education

PhD Candidate, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Expected: 2017
BS, Neuroscience. University of Rochester, 2012

Research Experience

Graduate Research

Undergraduate Research

  • The Functional Synapse Group – University of Rochester Medical Center – Mentor: Ania Majewska
  • Center for Neurodegenerative and Vascular Brain Disorders – University of Rochester Medical Center – Mentor: Berislav Zlokovic

Commercial Translation Experience

  • Won over $140,000 in University of Pittsburgh competitions: Randall Family Big Idea, Wells Student Healthcare Entrepreneurship, and Pittsburgh Innovation Challenge
  • Participated in University of Pittsburgh Student Incubator: Blast Furnace
  • Resulted in spin-out company: Interphase Materials

OXIDENT – Project Manager (2015-Present)

  • Co-inventor of patent pending technology to create a dental implant with fewer complications
  • Worked with a diverse team of bioengineers, chemical engineers, and dental clinicians
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