Karel Svoboda is a senior group leader at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus. Svoboda’s work is at the intersection of neuronal biophysics and cognition. A current focus is to identify core principles and mechanisms underlying information processing in cortical circuits and related structures in the context of planning and execution of voluntary movements. Svoboda is also developing new methods to interrogate neural function in intact brains. Svoboda earned a PhD in Biophysics (1994) from Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratories (until 1997) and a principal investigator at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories (until 2006).