Friedrich joined the lab in June 2022. He is part of the Science of Intelligence cluster in Berlin. There he investigates mouse behavior in the context of semi-natural environments, aiming to obtain a more mouse-centered perspective and to design behaviorally relevant tasks. In parallel, he investigates learning using artificial neural networks are model systems, in particular recurrently connected networks. Before moving to Berlin, Friedrich studied Physics at the University of Freiburg, where he analyzed spiking neural networks during his master’s thesis under the supervision of Stefan Rotter. He then moved to Israel to obtain his PhD in the lab of Omri Barak at the Technion. There he researched on the interplay between randomness and structure in recurrent neural networks during learning. In his free time, Friedrich enjoys hiking, biking, and swing dancing.