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Prof. Dr. Mackenzie W. Mathis and GSN Alumnus 2012 Prof. Dr. Alexander Mathis awarded with Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize 2023

The EUR 100,000 award has been granted for their scientific achievement in the field of computational behavioural neuroscience


Alexander Mathis is a 2012 GSN PhD Graduate of the Andreas Herz Lab, located in the LMU Munich Biocenter.

Mackenzie and Alexander Mathis are assistant professors at the Brain Mind Institute, School of Life Sciences (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), where they run their research groups. The focus of their collective work is uncovering the theoretical and neural basis of mechanisms underlying adaptive behaviour in intelligent systems. Among other things, they developed the first animal pose estimation computer vision tool that requires little user input data, called DeepLabCut. This tool is regarded as a breakthrough in life sciences and is used in over 1,000 leading companies, Institutes and Universities around the world.

The Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize is awarded every two years to outstanding young scientists in brain research. The previous award in 2021 went to GSN Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Julijana Gjorgjieva

Source: Hertie Foundation

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