Dr. Darin Nelson


Practice areas


Technical Advisor

Ph.D., B.S., B.S., B.A.

Specific Expertise

Artificial Intelligence (AI) (neural networks), Big Data, Cannatech, Medical Devices, Robotics.

Experience & Background

Dr. Nelson joined Ehrlich & Fenster in 2013 after working for over a decade in medical device research and development in Israel.

Dr. Nelson has a training background in several subdisciplines of biology including Microbiology, Biochemistry, and an advanced degree in Neurobiology.

He is listed as author on ten academic papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and co-inventor on three world-wide patents.

Additionally, his experience includes imaging and image analysis, algorithm development, and application programming.



1998-2011 Dr. Nelson was founding employee, Product Director, and VP of Research and Development for Optical Imaging Ltd. in Rehovot, Israel; manufacturer of optical brain imaging devices for research, and medical optical imaging devices for opthalmology.


1991-1997 Ph.D. degree in Neurobiology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

1987-1991 B.S. degree in Microbiology with high distinction and honors, B.S. degre in Biochemistry with high distinction and honors, and B.A. degree in Philosophy with high distinction and honors from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.


Academic Awards

Dr. Nelson was honored with academic awards including:

1991 — Howard Hughes Medical Institute Graduate Fellowship

1987 – University of Iowa Presidential Scholar

1987 – National Merit Scholar