Director, Biological Technologies Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), US Department of Defense
Justin Sanchez is director of the Biological Technologies Office for the US Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), since May 2016. He joined DARPA as a program manager in 2013 to explore neurotechnology, brain science, and systems neurobiology and was named acting deputy director in December 2015. Sanchez was previously an associate professor of biomedical engineering and neuroscience at University of Miami and a faculty member of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. He directed the Neuroprosthetics Research Group, overseeing the development of neural-interface medical treatments and neurotechnology for treating paralysis and stroke, and for deep brain stimulation for movement disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.