Advisor Profiles

Mark Harnett, Ph.D.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mark Harnett received his B.A. in Biology from Reed College and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin.  His doctoral work focused on the physiology and plasticity of midbrain dopamine neurons and their role in motivated behavior and addiction. Mark did his postdoctoral research at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus with Jeff Magee, where he investigated dendritic integration in cortical and hippocampal neurons. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and an Investigator in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. His laboratory works on how biophysical processes at the level of synapses and single neurons contribute to the neural circuit computations that guide behavior.