Mackenzie Mathis is the Bertarelli Foundation Chair of Integrative Neuroscience at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). She is an assistant professor within the Brain Mind Institute, Center for Neuroprosthetics, and Center for Intelligent Systems at EPFL, as well as an EPFL ELLIS Unit Faculty Member (and ELLIS Fellow), having joined EPFL in 2020 after moving her lab from Harvard University where she held the Rowland Fellowship. 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, which may lead to new avenues in therapeutic research for neurological disease. Her work has recently been featured in the news at Bloomberg Business Week, Nature, and The Atlantic.
Previously: Rowland Fellow at Harvard University (lab established in Sept 2017, moved July 2020 to EPFL).
Prior to starting my independent group, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Dr. Matthias Bethge at the University of Tübingen (April - August 2017) where we started working on animal pose estimation, and I completed my PhD studies at Harvard University under the direction of Prof. Naoshige Uchida (March 2013-March 2017). My thesis work was focused on uncovering the neural circuits and mechanisms underlying sensorimotor learning.