This is the website/blog of Jakob Voigts. I’m a postdoc in Mark Harnett’s lab at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. I am interested in characterizing the computations are that animals perform when they interact with their environment, and how these are implemented in the brain. I am currently mostly working on ways to test whether dendritic computations contribute to cortical computations.
I did my PhD work with Chris Moore and Emery Brown. In my graduate research I was using optogenetic methods, electrophysiology, and 2-photon imaging in awake behaving mice to study how sensory data is processed by the neocortical circuitry, particularly how neocortex builds models of the environment and updates them.
Because a lot of these questions require new tools, I also do a bit of tool development. A lot of ephys specific in-depth methods related information can also be found at Open Ephys, the non-profit that I co-founded with Josh Siegle that aims to make, showcase, and distribute cutting edge open-source tools for neuroscience.
I set up this blog as a space to post some small observations and method writeups that might be useful to others.
I can be reached directly at jvoigts snailsymbol mit.edu