Sandeep Robert Datta obtained his B.S. in molecular biochemistry and biophysics from Yale University in 1993 and obtained an M.D./Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2004. His lab focuses on understanding how the brain organizes and integrates information about sensation and action to enable animals to meaningfully interact with the world. Given that olfaction is the primary sense used by most animals to communicate with their environment, his lab uses a broad suite of approaches to understand how odor cues are detected, how odor codes are generated in the brain, how motor areas decode this information to enable animals to compose meaningful patterns of action, and how information about ongoing actions influences perception. Datta is an associate member of the Broad Institute and a principal investigator in the Italian Institute of Technology/Harvard Medical School joint program in the neurosciences. Datta has received the National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists, an Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship, a Searle Scholars award, the Vallee Young Investigator Award, and the McKnight Scholar Award, and he has been named a Kavli fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.
Current Project: Discovering repeating neural motifs representing sequenced behavior
Past Project: Decoding internal state to predict behavior