Surya Ganguli began his academic career as an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), triple majoring in mathematics, physics, and electrical engineering and computer science (1998). He then completed his Ph.D. in string theory at the University of California, Berkeley in 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 the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), he recently started a theoretical neuroscience laboratory at Stanford University. 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.