Data is crucial. But, without the proper tools to analyze it, data cannot be properly evaluated to reach credible conclusions. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Assistant Professor Tatiana Engel is helping build computational tools for data collected specifically from the brain, and has been awarded a Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The goal of the federal government’s BRAIN Initiative is to accelerate the development and application of innovative technologies to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain. Engel will build mathematical models of decision-making activity in two different areas of the brain.
“I am honored to receive this award,” said Engel. “The BRAIN Initiative plays an important role in promoting theory and computation as an integral part of brain research, and I am excited to contribute to this mission.”
Engel will work with two colleagues, CSHL Associate Professor Anne Churchland and Stanford University Professor Krishna Shenoy, on this project. They will supply research data for the computation models Engel will produce.