Bingni Wen Brunton

Assistant Professor
University of Washington (UW)
Dept. of Biology
UW Institute of Neuroengineering
Data Science Fellow, UW eScience Institute

Office: Kincaid Hall 356b
Email: bbrunton at uw dot edu
Phone: 206-221-9330

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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Biology department at UW, supported by the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) through the new UW Institute of Neuroengineering (UWIN). I consider myself primarily a computational neuroscientist interested in how networks of neurons compute and also how computational methods help us understand meausurements from neurons. I am also broadly interested in visualizing, manipulating, and understanding complex, dynamic data, particularly from biologically relevant systems.

Previously, I was a postdoc at UW working with Nathan Kutz in the Applied Math department and Tom Daniel in the Biology department. I learned a lot about computational techniques that exploit inherent sparsity in complex data; my collaborators and I continue to develop data-driven, low-dimensional dynamic models for biological and engineered systems.

I grew up in Maryland (MBHS) and was an undergrad at Caltech, where I majored in biology. Afterwards, I went to Princeton and studied neuroscience with Carlos Brody. In Carlos's lab, I trained rodents to perform decision-making tasks and developed computational models to help us understand mechanisms underlying their behavior. I also did some experimental work in electrophysiology, neuropharmacology, and human psychophysics.

Research Interests
  • Understanding complex data by exploiting sparsity
  • Sparse sensor placement for classification
  • Computational and systems neuroscience
  • Accumulation of information for decision-making
Teaching Personal

My husband Steve Brunton and I met when we were undergrads and have migrated together ever since. We currently live in Seattle with our two kids and our dog Mordecai.