Areas of interest: Biology, Neurobiology & Behavior

Tom Daniel holds the University Komen Endowed Chair and is Professor in the Department of Biology, the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, and the Graduate Program on Neurobiology & Behavior. He received his PhD from Duke University (1982) and was the Bantrell Fellow in Engineering Sciences at Caltech (1982-84). He has been on the faculty at the UW since 1984 and has served as Chair of the Department of Biology, Interim Associate Dean of Research for the College of Arts and Sciences and Interim Associate Vice Provost of Research for the University of Washington. He is now acting as the Director of the NSF Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, a partnership between UW, SDSU and MIT aimed at developing technologies that are inspired by, interact with, and assist neural systems. He is the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship, the UW Distinguished Teaching Award, and the UW Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. He is on the Board of Directors of the Allen Institute of Brain Sciences and the NSF Mathematical Biosciences Institute. His research focusses on control of movement in animals, from sensory information processing to motor programming to the physics of animal motion, from molecules to moving moths.