Terrence Sejnowski

Terrence Sejnowski
Associated organizations
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Fields of study
Biomedical engineering


A pioneer of computational neuroscience, Terrence Sejnowski has developed methods important for studying and understanding how the human brain learns and stores memories. Dr. Sejnowksi’s contributions ultimately may provide medical specialists with important clues to combating Alzheimer's disease. He has created methods for representing how networks of neurons generate dynamical patterns of activity, how sensory information is represented in the cerebral cortex, and how memory representations are formed and consolidated during sleep. In 1987 he created NETtalk for converting English words to speech. In 1995, with Tony Bell, he introduced the infomax independent component analysis algorithm for blind source separation.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Sejnowski is one of only ten living people to be a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He is the Francis Crick Chair with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California.