If you are interested in joining us, or collaborating with us (e.g. on further developing our code-packages) please contact Jakob.

Jakob Macke

Max Planck Research Group Leader

Mail | TuebingenPage | CV | Office: C. EG 206 | Phone: + 49 (0) 228 9656 170

Jakob studied Mathematics at Oxford University, before getting interested in neuroscience during a research-internship at CSHL with Alex Koulakov and Karel Svoboda. He subsequently did a doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, working with Bernhard Schoelkopf and Matthias Bethge and a Postdoc with Maneesh Sahani at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit.

In 2012, he returned to the MPI in Tuebingen to set up a Bernstein Junior Research Group, before starting as a Max Planck Research Group Leader at caesar in 2015. He is a Bernstein Fellow of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Tübingen, and a member of the `Junge Akademie’ of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academcy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Brigitte Bauer

Team Assistant

Mail | Phone: +49 (0)2289656-267 | Fax: +49 (0)2289656-9267

Pedro Gonçalves


Mail | Website | Office: C. EG 204 | Phone: +49 (0)228 9656-410

Pedro is a postdoc working in the group since January 2016. He is broadly interested in building biologically constrained theoretical models (combining methods from dynamical systems, statistical physics and machine learning) to guide new experiments and ultimately refine the models to further our understanding of neural systems.

Before joining the lab, Pedro was a postdoctoral research fellow working with Maneesh Sahani at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL. His PhD was supervised by Christian Machens at École normale supérieure in Paris (2012).

Giacomo Bassetto

PhD Student

Mail | Office: CEG 202 | Phone: +49 (0)228 9656-405

Giacomo got his Master’s in Bioengineering at the University of Padova in 2013. He joined the group as a PhD student in February 2014. His main project is the the development of statistical tools for the characterization of tuning properties and variability of neural population activity in primary visual cortex.

Jan-Matthis Lückmann

PhD Student

Mail | Website | Office: C. EG 202 | Phone: +49 (0)228 9656-406

Jan-Matthis studied Neuroscience in Amsterdam, Bordeaux, and Berlin for his Masters, and joined the lab in October 2014. He works on models for quantifying visually-guided behaviour and on perceptual decision making.

Marcel Nonnenmacher

PhD Student

Mail | Office: C. EG 204 | Phone: +49 (0)228 9656-404

Marcel works on statistical data analysis for population activity and on network clustering. He was trained as a cognitive scientist and as a computational neuroscientist.

Alexandre Rene

PhD Student

Mail | Office: C. EG 202 | Phone: +49 (0)228 9656-414

Alexandre studied both physics and mathematics at the University of Ottawa. Following a stint in Manfred Bayer’s E2 unit for experimental solid-state physics at TU Dortmund, he returned to his alma mater to join André Longtin’s Neurophysics and Nonlinear Dynamics group. He earned his Master’s of physics in January 2016 for extending eigenvalue solution methods to dynamical systems exhibiting both noise and delays. He has also developed a C++ framework for rapid development of integrators for such systems.

Alexandre joined the lab in February of 2016 with the primary goal of developing inference methods for biologically interpretable neural models. He was awarded NSERC’s Alexander Graham Bell scholarship to support these efforts, and was previously the holder of a Master’s research scholarship from the FRQNT. He is also an avid sailor, an activity he still occasionally practices when not attempting to reverse-engineer his own brain.

Artur Speiser

PhD student

Mail | Office: C. EG 204 | Phone: +49 (0) 228 9656-408

Florian Franzen

PhD Student

Mail | Office: C.EG.2.04 | Phone: +49 (0)228 9656-345

Florian is a neuroinformatician. He is a joint student between Mackelab and the department of Behavior and Brain Organization at caesar. He is also the brain behind this website and doubles as the resident computing wiz.

Kai Lun

Master's Student

Kai Lun got a B.Sc. in Neuroscience at University of Bristol, UK. He is now doing his Master’s course in Neuroscience at University of Bonn. He joined the lab in August 2017 for a lab rotation and is investigating the learning algorithms that allow spiking neurons to identify specific features.



Mijung Park


Website | TuebingenPage

Mijung obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, working with Jonathan Pillow. She worked in the group as a postdoc in 2014 for a few months, before joining the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit. She is now a postdoc with Max Welling in Amsterdam.

Evan Archer

Phd Student

Website | TuebingenPage

Evan worked in the group as a Phd Student from 2013 to 2014, co-supervised by Jonathan Pillow. He developed low-dimensional models of neural population activity in sensory cortical circuits. Together with Jakob, he taught the course Statistical methods for describing the dynamics of neural populations.

Evan is now a postdoc with John Cunningham and Liam Paninski at the Statistics Department and Grossman Center for the Statistics of Mind at Columbia University

Piotr Sokol

Masters Student

Florian Sandhaeger

Master's Student

Florian did a lab-rotation as part as part of his Master’s in Neural & Behavioural Sciences in 2014, working with Giacomo and Alexander Ecker. He is now a doctoral student with Markus Siegel at the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Tübingen.

Patrick Putzky

Masters Student


Patrick ‘rose through the ranks’ by first doing a lab-rotation in the lab in 2012, working as a student-assistant for the Machine Learning course at the Graduate School Neural Information Processing, doing his masters-thesis in the group in a joint project with Felix Wichmann, and finally working as a research assistant in 2014. His work lead to a NIPS-paper (+spotlight!) on a Bayesian model for identifying hierarchically organised states in neural population activity (code). He is now a Phd-student with Max Welling at the University of Amsterdam, where he works on really deep learning.

Hooram Nam

Master's Student


Hooram got a B.Sc. in Physics at Purdue University. Afterwards he began a Master’s course in Neural Information Processing at the Graduate Training Center of Neuroscience in Tübingen. Hooram joined the lab for a lab rotation and did his masters thesis on developing Gaussian Process Factor Analysis with Poisson Observations. He is currently working as a data-scientist.

Dennis Huben

Master's Student


Dennis got a B.Sc. in Physics at RWTH Aachen University. After spending 8 months studying Biophysics at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, he began a Master’s course in Neural Information Processing at the Graduate Training Center of Neuroscience in Tübingen. Dennis joined the lab for a lab rotation where he investigated firing rate variance and dimensionality reduction in simulated neural networks with clustered connections, and stayed on to also do his master’s thesis in the group. He is now a doctoral student with Prof. Jan Benda at the University of Tübingen.

Tara Farzami

Master's Student

Tara worked in the group as a student research assistant in 2013, evaluating methods for `stitching’ multiple recordings of the same circuit, before joining the group of Raoul-Martin Memmesheimer at Radboud University as a graduate student.

Chang Zhao

Master's Student

Chang worked in the lab during a lab-rotation for the Graduate School of Neural Information Processing in 2012. She is now a graduate student with Walter Senn at the University of Bern.

Simon Buchholz

Visiting Graduate Student

Poornima Ramesh

Student Intern

Poornima joined the lab as a student intern on a DAAD Rise Scholarship. She is currently pursuing an integrated Masters degree in Physics at IISER-Kolkata in India. In the group, she worked on a model for predicting the response of retinal neurons under electrical stimulation.

Sarah Strauss

Student Intern

Sarah did an internship with the group working on Hidden Markov Models, which she used to describe cortical up and down states. She then went on to continue her studies in Tübingen, where she is currently pursuing a Master’s in Neural Information Processing.

Byunghee Choi

Rotation Student