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Esteemed neuroscientist and entrepreneurial leader elected to the Salk Institute Board of Trustees

In April, the Salk Institute Board of Trustees elected two new members to the Board: neuroscientist Thomas Jessell and Daniel Tierney, co-founder of GETCO (now KCG), a technology-enabled market making firm.

“Tom and Dan bring outstanding records of scientific expertise and entrepreneurial success to Salk,” said Irwin M. Jacobs, chairman of the Salk Institute Board of Trustees. “We are greatly pleased to have them join our Board of Trustees.”

Jessell has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator since 1985, and a Salk Institute Non-Resident Fellow since 2001. He is also the Claire Tow Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University. His research explores the link between the assembly and organization of neural networks and the behaviors they encode. He is examining these issues through an analysis of circuits that control movement.

Tierney currently serves as a board member and advisor at KCG Holdings, Inc. After stepping down from the co-CEO role at GETCO in 2012, Tierney became the founder and president of his family office, Wicklow Capital. He now spends most of his time investing in other entrepreneurs and helping them turn their visions into reality.