Morphonix Games
 
About Morphonix

 
   

President Morphonix™, Lead Design, Composer
• EBHB
• Neuromatrix
• Journey into the Brain

Karen Littman
Karen Littman is the founder and President of Morphonix™, LLC. She has extensive experience in developing film and computer-based programs. As a producer, writer, and designer, Littman has received over $6 million in grants from the federal government and foundations for projects she initiated and developed. Karen's career has spanned award winning multimedia titles, Super Bowl commercials, and films. Littman is a creative consultant to corporations and non-profit organizations. She also founded a film production company and two non-profits. She is a professionally trained pianist, composer, and vocalist.


Artist, Animator
• EBHB
• Neuromatrix

Kelly Day
Kelly Day is a computer graphic and visual effects artist. He has credits in several feature films including most recently in the DreamWorks film "Anchorman." During the 1990's, Kelly was a Technical Director and Producer for Walt Disney Television Animation. He began his career at Disney as a background artist, and eventually established and managed the Walt Disney Television Computer Labs. Kelly has also designed for several animated video games and network cartoon shows, including, Ghost Busters, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Alf. He received his BA in Industrial Design, Animation and Illustration from California State University, Northridge.
   
Writer, Design
• EBHB
• Neuromatrix
• Journey into the Brain

Jay Leibold
Jay Leibold has written more than twenty-five interactive books and software titles. He has worked with some of the biggest names in both industries, from Bantam Doubleday Dell and Scholastic to IBM. He began by writing fifteen titles for the famed Choose Your Own Adventure series, the bestselling books that first introduced interactive narrative to a wide audience. He was lead writer and co-designer of Journey into the Brain. In addition, he wrote 3D Castle Creator, published by IBM and Crayola, which won Best Creativity Title in 1999, and co-wrote StrategyHeads from Theatrix. In 2000-2001, he combined books and interactive web writing in the Digital Detectives series. He has also written and edited a number of traditional narrative books, both fiction and nonfiction. He wrote a Batman book, Subzero (as "James Raven"), and ghost-wrote ice skater Michelle Kwan's autobiography (as "Laura James"). He did a fiction series with Bantam called Dojo Rats,about San Francisco city kids who fight crime.
   
Artist, Medical Illustrator
• EBHB
• Neuromatrix
• Journey into the Brain

Chris Gralapp
Christine Gralapp, Artist, Designer, is a Medical Illustrator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to her specialization in neurobiology and the special senses, her subject matter includes all things scientific, from the anatomical to the archaeological. She has contributed artwork to numerous books, journals, CD-ROMs, and other educational media.
Sound Design, Composer
• EBHB

Sanjeev Brar
Sanjeev Brar graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Astrophysics in 2005. He began his career as a science educator for the Lawrence Hall of Science and the SETI Institute. Today, Sanjeev enjoys creating music and sound at home and at work.

Lead Programmer
• EBHB
Andreas Hoelzl
Gathering his experience in large scale industrial projects for the business and financial industry, Andreas came to the conclusion that there must be a more meaningful way to use his degree in computer science. As the lead programmer he now enjoys developing purposeful software that excites children and their parents alike.
Research and Evaluation
• EBHB
Marieka Schotland, Ph.D.
Marieka Schotland received her doctorate in Community Psychology from New York University, with a special interest in program evaluation based in school settings. She works in the Bay Area as a research evaluation consultant putting to use her academic background, strong organizational skills and passion for schools.
Child Advisor
• EBHB
Jonah 4 yrso
Jonah, child advisor, thinks that the best part of his job is getting to try out new games.  He is new to Morphonix™, and to the work world in general, but so far he thinks it is great fun to go to work.  When he is not trying out new games, you can find Jonah playing soccer, building with Legos, taking care of his chickens, swimming, or reading. 
Child Advisor
• EBHB
Lydia 7 yrso
Lydia enjoys giving her opinions about brain games and trying to think of ways to make them harder.  In addition to playing computer games, Lydia also likes to read, swim and play soccer.  She is learning to sew and thinks that when she grows up she would like to be a librarian so that she can share her favorite stories with other kids.
Child Advisor
• EBHB
Jack 4 yrso
Jack loves salami, fruit, cars, and books. He also loves to go to the park, and ride his trike. This is his first computer testing job.
Child Advisor
• EBHB

Tyler 4 yrso
Tyler enjoys riding his bicycle, swimming, baseball, and anything to do with sailboats and fishing.  When at home he likes to work with his mom in the garden and oversees the care of his pets. He has two dogs, two cats, two birds, three fish, and a rat named Daisy.
Child Advisor
• EBHB

Aidan 5 yrso
Aidan loves collecting sticks, playing at the park and filling his shoes and pockets with sand!
Child Advisor
• EBHB

Carter 4 yrso
Carter loves writing, climbing, and the color red. She is considering becoming an author, but isn't sure.
Child Advisor
• EBHB

Munroe 6 yrso
Munroe enjoys games, the monkey bars, and her friends. She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.
Child Advisor
• EBHB

Finnegan 5 yrso
Finnegan ("Finn") lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a really fun life!  He loves reptiles and amphibians and he and his Dad often go rattlesnake hunting!
Child Advisor
• EBHB

Wyatt 6 yrso
Wyatt lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wyatt loves everything to do with animals, nature, science, and the world around him.
Child Advisor
• EBHB

Dane 6 yrso
Dane thinks it's cool testing new games before other kids get to play them. He also enjoys Legos and has a lemonaid stand to raise money. Dane wants to be a scientist or sell ice cream in Egypt when he grows up.
Sound Design, Composer
• Neuromatrix

Ben Gabaldon
Ben Gabaldon is a sound arts graduate from Ex’pression College for Digital Arts contributing his education in composition, sound design, and multimedia management. After realizing that he spent all of his time writing music, and operating a recording studio from his home in Las Vegas, he decided to pursue an education and career in sound. Dropping everything immediately, he rushed off to the Bay Area, earned his BAS, and began his career in sound three years later. In this time, he has gained experience in nearly every realm of sound, from studio recording, live production, Foley, midi composition, to sound design for film and games.
Lead Programmer
• Neuromatrix

Blake Drolson
Blake Drolson, programmer, has been programming computers since the age of 13, when he fell in love with interactive game software and the idea that you could change the code that controlled the interactions the game would provide. After graduating with a M.S. in engineering from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois in 1991, he has worked on many applications, including brain imaging,
virtual simulation, and game programming. Having worked on all aspects of game programming, he has participated in the creation of major titles and small games, including Rampage World Tour, Fun Fair, and Crashday. Now working on Neuromatrix, he is happy to be working on a title that helps children, and gives him a chance to get the nanobots out of his brain before it turns to pudding.
 
Flash Programmer
• Neuromatrix

Julia Huff
Julia Huff graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Biology. She began her career in web technologies in 1996 with the likes of Egghead and eBay. Today she is contributing her Flash skills to eLearning based projects. Spare time is spent riding motorcycles in the Sierras.
 
Summative Evaluation
• Neuromatrix

Warren Young, Ph.D.
Dr. Young has more than twenty years of neuroscience imaging hardware, software development experience. He is currently the CEO of 3D Vision Systems, Inc in Irvine, CA, producing the first digital 3D stereoscopic surgery workstation. Dr. Young was the Director of Neuropharmacology Computing at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA and a post-doctoral student at the Salk Research Institute. Dr. Young holds a PhD in Neurosciences from the University of CA, San Diego.  
Evaluator
• Neuromatrix
• Journey into the Brain

Laura Minnigerode
Laura Minnigerode is the formative evaluator for Neuromatrix. She is an instructional designer as well as a former middle school teacher. She holds a Master's in Education (in Human Development) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and California teaching credentials.
Curriculum Designer
• Neuromatrix

Penelope A. Dyer, Ph.D.
Penny Dyer is the CEO of Curriculum Design Institute and the founder and President of ITTT, Innovative Tailor-made Training and Technology, a non-profit grants and evaluation group. She has a doctorate in education with over 25 years of experience in teacher education and designing curriculum. 
Curriculum Designer
• Neuromatrix

Mary Riordan-Karlsson, Ed.D.
Mary is a senior curriculum designer with Curriculum Design Institute. She has a doctorate in education from University of California, Berkeley with over 20 years of experience as a teacher in New York City and Silicon Valley, a researcher, an author, a television host, and a digital media designer.
 
Flash Programmer
• Neuromatrix

Aaron Kalb
Aaron came to Morphonix™, for part of his school's Workplace Learning Experience program. His primary role is Flash programmer for the puzzles in Neuromatrix. At Morphonix™ Aaron is also learning about and participating in various aspects of game development including design, sound, graphics and animation. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys eating Thai Food, hanging out with his friends, camping, and, of course, making computer games.
Programmer
• Journey into the Brain

Marty Brewer
Marty Brewer, Technical Director, Designer, graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Biology and emphasis in mathematics and engineering fundamentals. His programming languages include Lingo (Director), C, C++, Pascal and HTML. His experience includes developing numerous CD-ROM and web applications for children and adults. Marty is interested in the use of new technologies in the educational arena. As a student and teacher, he found that participation is an essential element of the learning process and believes that the near future will demonstrate interactive technology's ability to involve, enlighten and enrich the mind.
Project Coordinator, Webmaster
• Journey into the Brain

Tim Ayers
Tim Ayers, Designer, Project Coordinator, Production Artist, and Webmaster, comes to multimedia from video production, where he has worked as a production coordinator and manager. Tim went to college in New Paltz, New York and Middlesex Polytechnic in London to study theater and film.
Artist, Animator
• Journey into the Brain

Madeline Preisner
Madeline Preisner, Designer, Illustrator and Animator, has worked on CD-ROM and video games since 1991, making the switch from commercial and editorial illustration to create interactive art. Following her interests from fashion and product illustration to graphic and packaging design, Madeline worked as an Art Director for several years before opening her own studio in 1983.
Composer, Musician
• Journey into the Brain

Richard Manzullo
R
ichard Manzullo, Composer and Musician, fondly known as Bommer, was a composer and recording artist who composed songs and music for Journey into the Brain.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Morphonix™ Neuroscience Advisors

Floyd Bloom, MD, Professor Emeritus, The Scripps Research Institute

Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington Director of Education of Outreach, University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials

Adam Gazzaley, MD, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry
Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center & Neuroscape Lab
Principle Investigator, Gazzaley Lab
University of California, San Francisco

Rob Malenka, MD, Ph.D., Pritzker Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University School of Medicine, Director Nancy Pritzker Laboratory

Nicholas Schiff, MD, Assistant Professor Neurology and Neuroscience, Cornell University

Arthur Toga, Ph.D., Professor Neurology, UCLA, Director Laboratory Neuro Imaging, Co-Director, Division of Brain Mapping

Mark Tramo MD, Ph.D., Director, The Institute for Music and Brain Science, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT

Beta Testing

iBeta
Benjamin Young
Matthew Young
David Schwarz
Michael Schwarz
Silas Schwarz

Neuromatrix Teen Advisors

Elektra Fike-Data
Aaron Kalb
Alex States
Jordan Duncan
Jarrod Blagoyevich
Katrina (Kat) Sonka
Mackenzie Ross
Maddy Ross
Natalie Day
Jacob Quinn Shenker
Ben Linsay
Kyle Blank
Mariel Price
Austin Blank
Mason Bonner-Santos