Neal earned his BS from The University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014. As an undergraduate he contributed to several projects focused on iron homeostasis in maize under Dr. Elsbeth Walker. He was hired by the Cambridge based agriculture startup Indigo in 2014. In 2016 Neal joined the San Diego based QED Bioscience where he helped in development and production of monoclonal antibodies. A member of The Stevens Lab since October of 2018, Neal has helped to build the stem cell-derived microglia pipeline at the Broad Institute’s Stanley Center. Neal’s interests include microglia biology, tissue engineering, and in vitro tool development.