Babak Kateb

Founding Chairman of the Board of SBMT and Brain Mapping Foundation, Scientific Director of SBMT and Brain Mapping Foundation,
Director of National Center for Nano-Bio-Electronics, Director of Brain Technology and Innovation Park (BTIP), CEO of Smart Microscopy Inc.

Babak Kateb, MD is a neuroscientist with more than 20 years of research experience. His research has been focused on introduction of advance diagnostics and therapeutics into clinical neuroscience in order to rapidly identify and introduce game changing technologies to treat neurological disorders such as brain cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain and spinal disorders. He did his educational training at TUSOM, USC, did his research fellowship at USC-keck School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery and also studied VLSI system design at USC Department of Electrical Engineering at the Ming Hsieh Institute.

Babak established the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) while doing his research fellowship 15 years ago at USC. Currently, he is the founding chairman of the board of directors & CEO Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT), President and Scientific Director of the Brain Mapping Foundation and Director of National Center for Nano-Bio-Electronics; the center is focused on integration of nanotechnology, cellular therapeutics/stem cell, medical device and imaging; he is also a director of Brain Technology and Innovation Park and CEO of Smart Microscopy Inc.

Babak was Director of Research and Development in the Department of Neurosurgery at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center where he established collaboration with NASA and published and pioneered the technique for using NASA multiwall carbon nanotubes to activate macrophages for brain cancer immunotherapy. While at City of Hope, he received NASA Tech Brief Award for his pioneering work on sniffing cancer cells using NASA’s electronic nose.

In 2010, he joined Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center as a research scientist where he developed partnership between Cedars-Sinai and NASA and established a clinical trial using NASA UV imaging for intraoperative brain mapping. He also patented a technology to microwave brain cancer, which was approval by the FDA for soft tissue; the technology also could be used for brain, liver, head and neck, prostate and breast cancer. He was also Scientific a Director and a Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at California Neurosurgical Institute from 2015-2017 where he co-authored a nanoneurosurgery paper in Nature-Scientific Reports.

In 2015, Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics and Brain Mapping Foundation Board of Directors presented him with Pioneer in Medicine award.  He has been recognized by Vice President Biden, Mayor of Los Angeles, and Governor of California for his dedication in science.  He is currently collaborating with Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) and had duel appointment with NASA/JPL as a visiting scientist. His research at NASA and LANL involves the use of Artificial Intelligence(AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and supercomputing for brain mapping and therapeutics, use of LANL advance ultrasonic technology for brain stimulation; Babak has many patents in these areas.

He has established a new publication with PLoSOne, which is called PLoSOne_ NeuroMapping & Therapeutics, which he serves as editor-in-chief and was the force behind 3 successful NeuroImage-Brain Mapping and Therapeutics special issues. He is the editor of the inaugural Textbook of Nanoneuroscience and Nanoneurosurgery, published by, Taylor & Francis (2013) and the editor of the inaugural Neurophotonic and Brain Mapping (2017).

Babak has been deeply involved in global neuroscience legislation through his close collaboration with the US Congressional Neuroscience Caucus as well as members of Canadian Parliaments. He has chaired 6 Congressional briefings: Brain Mapping Days (2012-2017) at the United States Congress on Brain Mapping; one Brain Research Day at the Canadian Parliament in 2013 and one Brain Mapping Day at the joint sessions of Australian Senate and Parliament in 2015.  His initiatives have impacted the health care delivery to the wounded soldiers in the US. He has been one of the key players in President Obama’s BRAIN initiative and co-author of the G20 World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Initiative and African Brain Mapping Initiative. He has chaired G20 Brain Initiative Summits since 2014 inaugural meeting in Australia.

He is an artist who has had galleries for his paintings and currently does medical illustration for medical textbooks; He is also a 15 time marathon runner.

Babak Kateb at the White House for President Obama's announcement of BRAIN Initiative

Dr. Babak Kateb, Neuroscientist, Chairman of the Board of SBMT and President of Brain Mapping Foundation and one of the strategic architects of President Obama’s BRAIN initiative at the East room of the White House prior to the announcement of BRAIN initiative by President Obama (April 2nd, 2013; courtesy of BRAIN MAPPING FOUNDATION)

Published Textbooks:
The Textbook of Nanoneuroscience and Nanoneurosurgery
Neurophotonics and Brain Mapping
G20-N20/BRAIN Initiative Supporting Papers:
Brain Mapping Initiative Position Paper for President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative
Nanoneuroscience and Nanoneurosurgery - A Key Component of President Obama's BRAIN Mapping Initiative
A proposed G20 priority due to Major Impact of the Cost of Neurological Disorders on the World Economy by Dr. Kuldip Sidhu and Dr. Babak Kateb
Nature Biotechnology - $350 Million in New Funding for Brain Research - President Obama
SBS World report about N20 BRAIN Initiative: