Phillip Kyriakakis, Ph.D. is an incoming Clinical Educator Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Bioengineering Department) at Stanford University in the Wu Tsai Institute for Neuroscience. Dr. Kyiakakis did his undergraduate work in Biochemistry at UMass Boston, where he also worked in Dr. Alexey Veraksa's developmental biology lab and started to develop PhyB optogenetics in animal cells (2008). Dr. Kyriakakis continued his education at UC San Diego in the Division of Biological Sciences. There he studied cellular programming and metabolism to obtain his degree with a specialization in Multiscale Biology. Dr. Kyriakakis did his postdoctoral work in the Bioengineering Department at UC San Diego with Todd Coleman continuing the development of optogenetic tools and related technologies. In 2021 Dr. Kyriakakis moved to his Senior Research Scientist role at Stanford University in the Bioengineering Department at the Wu Tsai Institute for Neurosciences.