Tatyana Sharpee, an assistant professor in the Salk Institute's Laboratory for Computational Biology, has been named a 2008 Searle Scholar. The honor comes with a $300,000 award paid over three years in support of her research titled "Computational Principles of Natural Sensory Processing."
The Searle Scholars Program supports scientists who have demonstrated innovative research with the potential for making significant contributions to biological research over an extended period of time.
In August, Sharpee received a Career Award from the Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation, which honors early career scientists with $150,000 paid over three years. She was also named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow earlier this year. The fellowship includes a $50,000 grant paid over a two-years. The Sloan Research Fellowships support the work of exceptional young researchers often at pivotal stages in their work.
Sharpee, who is interested in how the brain processes information, is an authority on applying information theory to parse the code used by neurobiological systems to handle widely varying inputs. Neurobiologists' perennial quest centers on deciphering how the brain codes and processes information.