Mitya Chklovskii is interested in understanding how the brain computes. His group develops biologically-guided machine learning algorithms that model brain computation and solve AI problems. Algorithm development is informed by the analysis of anatomical and physiological neuroscience datasets in the group.
Chklovskii is on the faculty of the NYU Medical Center. Before coming to the Simons Foundation in 2014, he was a group leader at Janelia Farm where he initiated and led a collaborative project that assembled the largest-at-the-time connectome, a comprehensive map of neural connections in the brain. Before that, he was an associate professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, Sloan Fellow at the Salk Institute and Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.