Chief Scientist

Brendan O'Brien

Seamlessly blending scientific expertise and software engineering to develop AI-driven applications.

Brendan combines his expertise as a scientist with his skill as a software engineer for developing a range of applications driven by Artificial Intelligence. Harnessing his expertise in vision, Brendan has guided the development of Ocula, our health-tech mobile app aimed at early, non-invasive, detection of injury to the nervous system such as concussion.  Similarly, his experience with histopathology and histochemistry of the brain has proven valuable for the development of Labflow.

When asked 'what do you love most about your work with Labflow'

I get to use my prior lab experience to help the team find ideal solutions that are both solid and scalable.

Prior to joining Labflow

Before pursuing a career in software engineering, Brendan led a long academic career seeking to understand how the brain processes visual information.  To this end, his work spanned the spectrum in visual neuroscience from analysing gene expression in single retinal neurons to uncovering new pathways for visual information flow in the brain. His work in visual neuroscience has had broad impact with his publications receiving over 1,000 citations globally.

Outside of work

Outside of his professional life, Brendan's main focus revolves around his family, dedicating a significant portion of his time to his children, Liam and Willow. He enjoys indulging in hobbies that involve technological tinkering, particularly creating apps, including a specialised device for his home that measures room temperature and humidity, incorporating a small camera as well. Brendan's interests extend into the world of BattleBots, where enthusiasts create robots for competitive combat. Encouraged by a close friend heavily involved in BattleBots, Brendan built an app to assist the organisation with managing their events. Additionally, soccer has been a longtime passion for Brendan, having played it during his high school days and sharing the sport with his son when they lived in the US.

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