Danielle Bassett Named 2015 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator

BassettDanielle Bassett, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation with appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering and Electrical and Systems Engineering, is one of 36 college and university faculty selected for the Office of Naval Research's 2015 Young Investigator Program.

Collectively, awardees will receive $18.8 million in grants to fund research across a range of naval-relevant science and technology areas. This is a banner year for the program, administered by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), which increased funding by 50 percent over last year.

Bassett's proposal, "Cognitive Computations; A Network Perspective," was selected from 383 research proposals based on merit and potential breakthrough advances for the Navy and Marine Corps.

The Young Investigator Program is designed to promote the professional development of early-career academic scientists – called investigators, or YIPs – both as researchers and instructors. For awardees, the funding supports laboratory equipment, graduate student stipends and scholarships, and other expenses critical to ongoing and planned investigational studies.

Bassett's laboratory uses tools from complex systems and network science to study the structure and dynamics of the human brain at the level of large-scale neural circuitry. Akin to social networks in Facebook and Twitter, regions of the brain form a network of mutually interconnected components that process, transmit and store information. The end goals are to identify organizational principles, to develop novel diagnostics of disease and to design personalized therapeutics for rehabilitation and treatment of brain injury, neurological disease and psychiatric disorders.

To read more about Bassett and her reasearch, please visit her faculty profile.

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