Drugowitsch Lab

Connecting brain and mind through computational neuroscience

The lab circa Nov 2022

The goal of the Drugowitsch lab is to use tools from computational neuroscience to address how the nervous system represents and processes ambiguous information, and how this leads to efficient behavior.

Despite the noisy and ambiguous nature of the world that surrounds us, our nervous system deals with the resulting uncertainty in an remarkably efficient manner. What are the computations that the brain performs to achieve such feats? How does its biological substrate implement these computations? How do we best interpret neural and behavioral data to guide our research?

To address these questions, we combine tools from machine learning, physics, and neuroscience to develop theories about how networks of neurons are able to infer, represent, and process the state of the world, and how this processing leads to competent behavior. These theories are on one hand guided by statistical principles and the approximations required to keep the resulting computations tractable. On the other hand, they are constrained by our knowledge of the architecture of the nervous systems, and by observed behavior and neural activity.

Please consult the lab’s publications and recorded talks/seminars for specific examples of past and current work.

About the lab

The lab is member of the Department of Neurobiology, and is located at the Harvard Medical School Quadrangle in the Boston Longwood Medical Area, from which both MIT and the Harvard Cambridge campus are easily reachable. The work in the lab is theoretical in nature, and we collaborate with experimentalists in a closed loop to refine both theories and experiments.

Joining the lab

If you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student, please apply either to the Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience or the Graduate Program in Biophysics. If you would like to join as a postdoctoral research fellow, please consult the news section for current openings. The lab is not currently hiring any research assistants.