Pooja Viswanathan is a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Neural Systems at the Rockefeller University. She moved here from Germany, where she received her Ph.D. and M.S. in neuroscience at the University of Tübingen and the International Max Planck Research School. She completed her B.S. in life sciences from Osmania University in India.
Viswanathan is interested in understanding how the brain creates abstract representations of the world we experience. While in graduate school, she worked with Professor Andreas Nieder to illustrate that primate brains are set up to estimate the number of items we see, spontaneously and abstractly. Her dissertation was graded summa cum laude, and she was awarded the Foerderpreis from the Deutsches Primatenzentrum in 2018. In the laboratory of Professor Winrich Freiwald at Rockefeller, Viswanathan is studying the formation of social knowledge from real-world stimuli, like faces, objects and places.