Christof Koch is best known for his work exploring the physical basis of consciousness in humans, animals, and machines.
After obtaining a PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Tübingen, he worked for four years as a post-doctoral fellow at MIT, before becoming a professor of biology and engineering at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. In 2011, Dr. Koch became the Chief Scientist at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and in 2015, its president. Since 2021, Dr. Koch is a Meritorious Investigator at the Allen Institute as well as the Chief Scientist of the Tiny Blue Dot Foundation in Santa Monica. He is the author of five books and more than 350 peer-reviewed publications on biophysics, neuroscience, selective visual attention and perception, and consciousness.