Partha Mitra

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Partha Mitra
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Alma materHarvard University, University of Calcutta
Known forNeural circuit
Computational Neuroscience
BRAIN Initiative
Brain Architecture Project
AwardsSenior Member, IEEE
HN Mahabala Distinguished Chair at IIT Madras
Fellow, American Physical Society
Scientific career
Statistical physics
Machine learning
Artificial intelligence
InstitutionsCold Spring Harbor Laboratory
IIT Madras
Bell Labs

Partha Pratim Mitra, Ph.D. is an Indian-American neuroscientist and computer scientist. He is the Crick-Clay Professor of Bioinformatics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.[1] Mitra currently holds the H.N. Mahabala Distinguished Chair in Computational Brain Research at IIT Madras[2][3] and he is a Senior Visiting Researcher at RIKEN, Tokyo, Japan.[4]


Partha Mitra received his PhD in theoretical physics from Harvard University under the guidance of Bertrand Halperin in 1993.[5] He worked in quantitative neuroscience and theoretical engineering at Bell Laboratories from 1993-2003 and as an Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics at Caltech from 1996 before moving to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 2003 where he is a Crick-Clay professor of biomathematics.[6][7] Professor Mitra also holds adjunct positions in the NYU School of Medicine[8] and Weill Cornell Medical College.[9][10]


Mitra's research aims to study the complex biological systems from a “theoretical engineering” perspective.[11] He combines theoretical, computational and experimental approaches and currently understanding how brains work.[12][13][14] Professor Mitra initiated the idea of brain-wide mesoscale circuit mapping[15][16] and founded the Brain Architecture Project in collaboration with RIKEN Brain Science Institute[17] and Monash University.[18][19][20] He has published over 240 research articles in peer reviewed journals such as Nature, Science, PNAS, PRL[21] and holds eight U.S. patents.[22] He has also co-authored a book titled Observed Brain Dynamics published by the Oxford University Press[23]


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  3. ^ "Computing inspired by the brain". Nature India. 17 August 2015. doi:10.1038/nindia.2015.102.
  4. ^ "Core Institute (RIKEN) - Brain/MINDS". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Harvard PhD Theses in Physics: 1971-1999 - Harvard University Department of Physics". Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  6. ^ "CSHL's Partha Mitra receives two awards for theoretical work with implications for brain circuitry". Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Two neuroscientists from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory awarded "Transformative" NIH Grants". Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Partha P. Mitra". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
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  10. ^ "Seminar by Dr Partha Mitra: Brain Structure, Brain Dynamics and Brain Initiatives: Cross-currents in Neuroscience". Monash University. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Neuroscientist Partha Mitra gets $300,000 research grant - New York". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  12. ^ Mitra, Partha. "Is Neuroscience Limited by Tools or Ideas?". Scientific American. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Obama: 'Braaaaaains.' Partha Mitra: 'Whoa there, buddy.'".
  14. ^ "Indian neuroscientist Partha Mitra gets prestigious research grant under Barack Obama initiative". The Economic Times. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Multimedia Gallery - Partha Mitra tells why and how he is helping to map the mouse brain. - NSF - National Science Foundation". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  16. ^ Mitra, Partha P. (2014). "The Circuit Architecture of Whole Brains at the Mesoscopic Scale". Neuron. 83 (6): 1273–1283. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2014.08.055. PMC 4256953. PMID 25233311.
  17. ^ "Brain Architecture Project - Riken Team". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Partner investigators". 6 April 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  19. ^ Das, Saswato R. (2012). "Scientists trace a wiring plan for entire mouse brain". Nature News. doi:10.1038/nature.2012.10878. Retrieved 21 January 2019 – via
  20. ^ "Brain Architecture Project - Project Personnel". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Partha P Mitra - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Partha P. Mitra Inventions, Patents and Patent Applications - Justia Patents Search". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  23. ^ Observed Brain Dynamics. Oxford University Press. 7 December 2007. ISBN 9780195178081. Retrieved 21 January 2019.