Alexander Mathis, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

I work in the lab of Professor Venkatesh N. Murthy at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and the group of Professor Matthias Bethge at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Tuebingen and the University of Tuebingen. Currently my main research interests comprise the neural basis of olfactory and motor behaviors. I have been awarded a Marie-Curie fellowship (Department news).
At Transylvanian Experimental Neuroscience Summer School (2013).

Email: amathis[at]
Mail: Harvard University
Department for Molecular and Cellular Biology
16 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138


Mar 2017: First motor study with Mackenzie and Nao published (see below).
Feb 2017: Two abstracts accepted for the Neural Control of Movement Conference in Dublin - I hope to see you in May!
Jan 2017: Together with my collaborators I had two posters accepted at Cosyne (see below) and am excited to attend the conference for the first time!


Some of these articles are either available via the provided links to the journal or at open access LMU.


Selected conference contributions

Conference talks Selected conference posters


  • 2012: PhD in Systemic Neuroscience at the Graduate School for Systemic Neurosciences, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany
  • 2008: Diplom (similar to Masters) in Mathematics at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany
  • Diplom-Thesis: Zur algebraischen Struktur von Diffeomorphismengruppen (On algebraic properties of the group of diffeomorphisms).
    Mathis, A. (2008) LMU München: Faculty of Mathematics
  • Dissertation: The representation of space in mammals: resolution of stochastic place and grid codes.
    Mathis, A. (2012) LMU München: Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN)
Prior to joining the Murthy lab, I worked in the lab of Professor Andreas Herz at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) and in the Biology Department at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. There we collaborated with Dr. Martin Stemmler.


In the academic years 2014/15 and 2015/16 I taught a class on Fundamentals of Computational Neuroscience at Harvard College.

Course picture
Class logo.
Muscle action.