Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Assistant Professor Arkarup Banerjee was named a 2022 Searle Scholar to pursue his work on neural circuits for flexible vocal communication. “Given the importance of language in human society, a better understanding of the neural mechanisms of mammalian vocal communication would be extremely valuable,” said Banerjee.
The Searle Scholars Program supports high-risk, high-reward research across a broad range of scientific disciplines, making grants to support recently appointed assistant professors in chemistry and the biomedical sciences. Banerjee will receive $300,000 to support his research.
“It is exciting and encouraging to be one of the fifteen biomedical scientists chosen this year. This three-year Searle fellowship will allow me (and my lab members) to understand how neural circuits in the mammalian cortex enable flexible vocal interactions, such as during conversations,” said Banerjee.