March for Science Chicago Announces Speaker: Garry Cooper, PhD

Garry Cooper, PhD, CEO of Rheaply, Inc.

It is our pleasure, as the March for Science Chicago organizers, to announce that Garry Cooper, PhD will be speaking at the rally on April 22, 2017.

Garry is CEO of Rheaply, Inc, a platform that improves collaboration among scientists and reduces the waste of scientific resources. This platform hopes to enable high caliber scientific research even in the face of less funding. The inspiration for Rheaply came from the wastes Garry witnessed in labs at colleges and universities around the country including his own during his postdoctoral fellowship. Now, Rheaply’s success is even more important in the face of cuts to scientific research funding. Garry is focusing his platform in the Chicagoland area thanks to the well-established and extensive research network that already exists in our backyard.

As an African-American, Garry is also familiar with the challenges and discomfort of being one of the few, or only, black students in scientific higher education. He received his PhD in Neuroscience from Northwestern in 2014, and went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship through Feinberg School of Medicine. Now, he considers it a passion of his to make himself visible and available to other aspiring scientists of color. Garry will speak to his personal experiences as a scientist and the importance of well-funded, well-managed science in Chicago.