Christian Machens is a principal investigator at the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. He studied physics in Tubingen, Germany, and in Stony Brook, New York, and received a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, in 2002. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, before taking a faculty position at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris in 2007. In 2011, he joined the newly formed Neuroscience Programme at the Champalimaud Foundation. In his research, he seeks to understand how networks of neurons communicate and process information. His work combines the statistical analysis of neural population activity with the computational modeling of neural networks.