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Singing mice will teach us about our own conversations

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Arkarup Banerjee

Arkarup Banerjee joins Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in November 2020 as an assistant professor, working in the field of neuroscience. He studies how the brain processes sensory information to produce motor outputs enabling vocal communication. He focuses on the Alston’s singing mouse, a species of mouse with the interesting behavior of calling back and forth to each other.

Banerjee graduated from the CSHL School of Biological Sciences in 2016, after working on his doctoral research in the lab of Associate Professor Dinu Florin Albeanu, studying computations and neural circuits involved in olfactory sensory processing. After receiving his doctorate, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

When Banerjee was thinking about the next steps in his career, he knew that his alma mater was the place he wanted to go. “I always enjoyed the way science, and especially neuroscience, happens at CSHL. I enjoy the freedom of inter-lab discussions, of being able to go to the meetings, to attend the courses. You can actually go and talk to anybody,” Banerjee said. “I’m really inspired by the kind of neuroscience that’s happening here.”

Written by: Sara Roncero-Menendez, Communications Associate | roncero@cshl.edu | 516-367-6866

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