Stephen Macknik received his PhD at Harvard University in the laboratory of Prof. Margaret Livingstone. He was then a postdoctoral fellow with the Nobel Laureate Prof. David Hubel at Harvard Medical School, and also with Prof. Zach Mainen at Cold Spring Harbor Lab. Dr. Macknik led his first laboratory at University College London, and has since moved on to lead the Behavioral Neurophysiology laboratory at Barrow Neurological Institute.
Dr. Macknik's research and scientific outreach activities have been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, NPR, and Der Spiegel, among hundreds of media stories. He is board member of Scientific American, where he has published several feature articles and for which he published a free monthly online column on the neuroscience of illusions. His other publication credits include contributions to Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.