Koen Vervaeke studied Chemistry Engineering in Ghent, Belgium, and obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Oslo in 2007. After a postdoctoral period at University College London and a Junior Fellow position at the Janelia Research Campus in Virginia, he obtained an ERC starting grant in 2015. He founded the Lab for Neural Computation in the winter of 2016 and is an Associate Professor in Neurophysiology at Oslo University Medical School. His lab studies the function of the cerebral cortex, the outermost layer that occupies more than 75% of the human brain, and that plays a key role in most forms of adaptive behavior. Specifically, his lab focuses on why there is such a large zoo of different cortical cell types.