Adrienne Fairhall is Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington and director of the university’s computational neuroscience program and co-director of its Institute for Neuroengineering. She obtained her honors degree in theoretical physics from the Australian National University and a PhD in statistical physics in the lab of Itamar; Procaccia at the Weizmann Institute of Science. She received her postdoctoral training at the NEC Research Institute with Bill Bialek and at Princeton University with Michael J. BerryII. She has directed the Marine Biological Laboratory course Methods in Computational Neuroscience. Fairhall is a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award and the McKnight Scholar Award, and was a 2013 Allen Distinguished Investigator.
Fairhall’s work focuses on dynamic neural computation, with an emphasis on the interplay between cellular and circuit dynamics and coding. She develops theoretical approaches to understanding processing in nervous systems. She collaborates closely with experimental labs to uncover algorithms of information processing in a variety of sensory systems, including the retina, the somatosensory cortex, areas performing visual motion detection, and in a range of other systems, from single neurons to foraging mosquitoes to navigating primates.