Christof Koch

Chief Scientist & Pres
The Allen Institute

Christof Koch is an American neuroscientist best known for his work on the neural bases of consciousness. He received a PhD in nonlinear information processing from the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen, Germany in 1982. He worked for four years at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT before joining, in 1986, the newly started Computation and Neural Systems PhD program at the California Institute of Technology. From 1986 until 2013, he was a professor at the California Institute of Technology. In early 2011, Koch became the Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, leading their ten-year project concerning high-throughput large-scale cortical coding. He is currently the President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle.

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