Mala Murthy is a Professor of Neuroscience at Princeton University and Director of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. She received her B.S. in Biology from MIT and her PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University. Her research group consists of computational neuroscientists and experimentalists, who collectively study the many neural processes that underlie animal communication, including detection and recognition of multisensory cues, decision-making, and execution and patterning of motor actions. She is involved in an effort to generate a whole brain connectome of Drosophila. Her work has led to the discovery that sensory feedback cues and brain internal state dynamically modulate song patterning in flies, which has opened up the study of how the brain mediates the back and forth exchange of information between individuals, leveraging the tools of the fly model system. Her team has also developed new methods for quantifying animal behavior that have been widely used in neuroscience research. To learn more visit here.
Prof. Murthy has received a number of honors, including an NSF CAREER award, an NIH New Innovator award, an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, a Klingenstein fellowship, a McKnight Scholar award, an NINDS Research Program award, several awards through the NIH BRAIN Initiative, an HHMI Faculty Scholar award, and a Simons Foundation Investigator award.
Talk title: Circuit Mechanisms for Dynamic Acoustic Communication