Chris Versteeg, PhD

Chris Versteeg, PhD

NIH F32 Postdoctoral Fellow

Emory University

Chris Versteeg is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University. He conducts research into computational tools that will allow neuroscientists to interpret how useful computations emerge from large ensembles of interconnected neurons. In particular, he is focused on understanding the computations that underlie dexterous motor control, with an emphasis on the interactions between motor cortex and the somatosensory periphery.

Dr. Versteeg received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2015, and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2021. His doctoral research focused on understanding how the sense of proprioception (the sense of one’s body in space) is encoded in an early somatosensory area. During his (ongoing) postdoctoral work, he is working to develop new computational techniques that make latent dynamics models (e.g., LFADS) more interpretable.

Chris’ training has been funded by an F31 (during his graduate degree) and an F32 (during his postdoctoral fellowship), and has presented his work at NeurReps, CoSyNe, and SfN. His recent work won the “Best Neuroscience Paper” award at Neural Representations and Geometry workshop in 2024.

He has two dogs, four chickens, one wife, and one newborn daughter.

  • Reading
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  • Being a dad
  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, 2021

    Northwestern University

  • BS in Biomedical Engineering w/Minor in Computer Science, 2015

    Georgia Institute of Technology