As concerns about difficulties to reproduce research studies are growing, the true extent of the problem is still unclear. But poor reproducibility is only one of many factors that together make biomedical research highly inefficient, analyses suggest.
In this edition of FOCUS In Sound, we welcome a scientist who explores the way the brain encodes information about the world around us – she combines computational and biological approaches to study the mechanisms behind the transformation of sensory representations.
Dr. Maria N. Geffen is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery and Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton, her Ph.D. in Biophysics at Harvard, and did her post-doc at the Center for Studies in Physics and Biology at Rockefeller University in New York. In 2008, when she was still at Rockefeller, she received the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface, a $500,000 grant designed to help bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service.