Lukas Fischer

Senior Scientist @ Merck Research Laboratories

About me


I am a senior scientist at Merck Research Laboratories where I develop self-supervised computer vision methods for high-throughput imaging analysis. Before joining Merck, I was a research scientist and postdoc in the Harnett lab at the MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research. There, I investigated the mechanisms underlying how individual neurons and neural networks create meaningful representations from the multitude of sensory inputs we are bombarded with at any given point int time.


Before joining MIT, I earned my PhD at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Matt Nolan. My PhD project focused on designing and building a virtual reality system for mice, which I blogged about for the duration of the technical development (mouse vr ). After completing my PhD, I’ve spent a brief period in the Rochefort lab where I combined the VR system with 2-photon calcium imaging to study how visual cortex encodes non-visual information. I earned a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol in the UK and BSc in Computer Science from the University of Central Lancashire. The latter degree being the result of a 1-year program that took into account prior experience.