Mark T. Harnett, Ph.D.

Fred and Carole Middleton Career Development Assistant Professor                                        Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Investigator                                                     McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Mark joined the faculty at MIT in 2015.  He received his B.A. in Biology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to joining MIT, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn VA.

46-6143A | 617.324.6989 | harnett at


Olga Vieira

Laboratory Administrator

Olga joined the lab in August of 2015.  She was previously an administrator in the MIT Biology department. 

46-6143 | 617.324.6988 | ovieira at

Mathieu Lafourcade, Ph.D.

postdoctoral associate

Mathieu joined the lab in October of 2015.  He received his undergraduate degree in biotechnology engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Technologie des Biomolécules de Bordeaux and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology from the University of Bordeaux 2.  Mathieu was previously a postdoctoral researcher at INSERM and the Catholic University of Chile.

46-6179 | 617.715.2385 | maateo at

Lukas Fischer, Ph.D.

postdoctoral associate

Lukas joined the lab in November of 2015.  He received his B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Central Lancashire, Preston and his B.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol in the UK.  Lukas earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

46-6179 | 617.715.2385 | lff at

Lou Beaulieu-Laroche

Graduate Student

Lou joined the lab in March of 2016.  He received his B.Sc. in Neuroscience from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  He is studying dendritic integration using dendritic patch-clamp electrophysiology combined with two-photon imaging and uncaging.  

46-6179 | 617.715.2385 | loubl at

Marie-Sophie Helene van der Goes

Graduate Student

Marie joined the lab in April of 2016.  She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University in Washington DC.  Prior to graduate school, Marie was a research technician at MIT.

46-6179 | 617.715.2385 | msvdgoes at

Jakob Voigts

postdoctoral associate

Jakob joined the lab in September of 2016.  He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Heidelberg University in Germany and his PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT.  Jakob is a co-founder of OpenEphys.

46-6179 | 617.715.2385 | jvoigts at

Quique Toloza

Graduate Student At Large

Quique joined the lab in June of 2016 for an MSRP summer project and returned as a research technician in June of 2017.  In July of 2018, he joined the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD program. He received his B.S. in Physics and Spanish Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

46-6179 | 617.715.2385 | qtoloza at

Raul Mojica

MSRP undergraduate visiting student

Raul came to the lab in June of 2017 for an MSRP summer project and returned as a visiting scholar in February 2018.  He is finishing his biology degree at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

46-6179 | 617.715.2385 | rmojica at



Friederike Buck

Undergraduate Student (2016 - 2018)

Derrick Barnagian

Laboratory Technician (2015 - 2018)

Molly Nagele

undergraduate student (2017 - 2018)

Vardhan Dani

Postdoctoral Associate (2015 - 2017)