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Education Transformation, Neuroeducation Lead
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


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Professional Associations:  American Chemical Society  |  American Physical Society (APS)  |  Biophysical Society  |  New York Academy of Science

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Payel Das is a quantitative scientist with 13+ years of experience in modeling, simulation, and machine learning, with a passion for identifying interesting patterns from complex datasets. She joined IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center in 2007, where she has worked in the Computational Biology Center until 2015. She has been leading the Neuroscience Initiative for the IBM Education Transformation Research since December 2015. The focus of this initiative is to understand the neural basis of learning and memory, which will enable development of evidence-based personalized learning strategies and effective intervention methods for learning disabilities. A combination of brain activity monitoring, machine learning, and computational modeling will be used for this purpose.


Her research interest is around derivation of molecular and cellular explanations of cognitive processes, as well as finding mechanisms and treatments for cognitive disorders. For this purpose, her group uses molecular modeling, computer simulations, and machine learning techniques to characterize the structure, interaction, and function of key molecules involved in the nervous system, specially the ones implicated in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases.    


Payel received her Ph.D.  from the Rice University in 2007 specializing in multi-scale modeling and machine learning of biological systems.  She completed her M.S in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 2002.