Before coming to the Simons Foundation in 2014, Mitya Chklovskii was a group leader at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Chklovskii also initiated and led a collaborative project at HHMI that assembled the largest-ever connectome, a comprehensive map of neural connections in the brain. Before that, he worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, where he founded the first theoretical neuroscience group, having worked there as a first assistant, and later an associate professor.
As group leader for neuroscience, Chklovskii will lead an effort to understand how the brain analyzes complex datasets streamed by sensory organs, in an attempt to create artificial neural systems. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.