Timothy C. Marzullo grew up in Toledo, OH and received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001, where he worked on nerve injury intervention technology. Tim received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2008 in Daryl Kipke's Neural Engineering Lab at the University of Michigan, studying the neocortex for neuroprosthetic applications.
In early 2009, Tim co-founded "Backyard Brains," whose motto is "Neuroscience for Everyone" by designing and making inexpensive equipment (<$100) that allows scientists of all ages to study and understand the electrical activity of the brains of insects. The idea began as a self-imposed engineering challenge between Tim and his friend Greg Gage to improve neuroscience outreach to local schools in Michigan. The enthusiastic response from colleagues and educators nationally on the early prototypes of the "SpikerBox" was sufficiently overwhelming that Backyard Brains was formed to take the project out of the workshop and into the hands of student-scientists around the country.