Martha Nari Havenith is a Max Planck research group leader at the Ernst-Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience. Her research revolves around the notion that most brain activity is in fact not tied to external events, but internally generated. She has studied such internally driven neuronal dynamics – and their effects on behaviour – by combining neuronal recordings in animals with naturalistic tasks and moment-by-moment analyses of neuronal and behavioural activity patterns.
Martha’s career milestones include an M.Sc. at Oxford University, a Ph.D. at the Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research (Frankfurt), and a Newton International Fellowship for her post-doctoral work at University College London. She is also a co-founder of the neurotechnology start-up 3Dneuro BV.
Martha’s current research as head of the Zero-Noise lab explores the brain’s ability to constantly encode multiple ongoing cognitive processes within the same group of neurons. She studies such ‘superimposed’ cognitive processes by teaching mice virtual-reality games while recording and manipulating neuronal populations in and around visual cortex. When she is not doing neuroscience, Martha also offers coaching in Connective Breathwork.