Surya Ganguli began his academic career as an undergraduate at MIT, triple majoring in mathematics, physics, and electrical engineering and computer science (1998) and then completed his Ph.D. in string theory at University of California, Berkeley (2004). During his Ph.D., he worked on theories of how the geometry of space and time might emerge holographically from the statistical mechanics of large non-gravitational systems. After this, he chose to pursue the field of theoretical neuroscience, where theories could be tested against experiments. After completing a postdoc at UCSF, he has recently started a theoretical neuroscience laboratory at Stanford. He and his lab now study how networks of neurons and synapses cooperate to mediate important brain functions, like sensory perception, motor control and memory. He has been awarded a Swartz Fellowship in computational neuroscience, a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface, a Stanford University Terman Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award.