Christian Machens studied physics at the University of Tübingen, at SUNY in Stony Brook, and at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. Fascinated by the possibility to apply concepts and tools from physics to the study of the brain, he did his PhD thesis work in computational neuroscience with Andreas Herz at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. In 2002, he moved to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Tony Zador and Carlos Brody. After a brief stint as a junior research group leader at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich during the year 2006/2007, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris in 2007 where he joined the Group for Neural Theory. Currently dividing his time between Paris and Lisbon, Christian Machens will join the Champalimaud program as a full-time faculty member in September 2011.