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Mackenzie Mathis, Ph.D.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne


Prof. Mackenzie Mathis is the Bertarelli Foundation Chair of Integrative Neuroscience and an Assistant Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). Following the award of her Ph.D. at Harvard University in 2017, with Prof. Naoshige Uchida, she was awarded the prestigious Rowland Fellowship at Harvard to start her independent laboratory (2017-2020). Before starting her group, she worked with Prof. Matthias Bethge at the University of Tübingen in the summer of 2017 with the support of the Women and the Brain Project ALS Fellowship. She is an ELLIS Scholar, a Vallee Scholar, former NSF Graduate Fellow, and her work has been featured in the news at Bloomberg BusinessWeekNature, and The Atlantic. She was awarded the FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize 2022. Her lab works on mechanisms underlying adaptive behavior in intelligent systems. Specifically, the laboratory combines machine learning, computer vision, and experimental work in rodents with the combined goal of understanding the neural basis of adaptive motor control.