Kanaka Rajan, PhD
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Multi-Disciplinary Training Area
Neuroscience [NEU]
The Rajan Lab brings together the fields of brain research and AI to figure out how the brain works. We use mathematical and computational models based on data collected from neuroscience experiments to design an artificial system that can perform realistic behaviors using only the machinery the biological nervous system has access to (i.e., neurons and synapses operating at a fast timescale). After building these systems, we can then ‘reverse engineer’ them to reveal the operating principles of the real brain.
The resulting integrative theories and models have the potential to transform the way we study the brain, by making specific, quantifiable predictions that lead to new hypotheses about how the brain works. We are currently applying this approach to both healthy brains and to those affected by neuropsychiatric diseases. For more information about the Rajan Lab, please visit www.rajanlab.com.


McKnight Foundation Scholar Award


Allen Institute Next Generation Leaders Council (NGL)


National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award


Harold and Golden Lamport Basic Science Research Award

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Subject Matter Expert for Multi-Scale Neural Network Models

National Institutes of Health, SPARC Program


Co-Lead for the Computational Neuroscience Working Group within Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group (IMAG)

National Institutes of Health


Friedman Brain Institute Research Scholars Award from the Dyal Foundation


Friedman Brain Institute Research Scholars Award from the DiSabato Family


Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience


BRAIN Initiative R01, Theories, Models, and Methods pathway, National Institutes of Biomedical Engineering and Bioimaging

National Institutes of Health (NIBIB/NIH)


FOUNDATIONS Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF)


Mindlin Foundation 1Tweet1P Award, Neuroscience meets Graphic Novel


Understanding Human Cognition Scholar Award from the James McDonnell


Visiting Research Fellowship, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Brain and Behavior Foundation (formerly, NARSAD) Young Investigator Award


Lectureship, Department of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University for Methods and Logic in Quantitative Biology


Grant from the Organization for Computational Neurosciences (OCNS)


Sloan-Swartz Theoretical Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowship


Pulin Sampat Memorial Teaching Award, Brandeis University


Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Junior Research Fellowship

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Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Rajan during 2022 and/or 2023. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Industry-Sponsored Lectures: MSSM faculty occasionally give lectures at events sponsored by industry, but only if the events are free of any marketing purpose

  • University of Chicago
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University

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