Joe Paton received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Tufts University in Boston, and his PhD in neurobiology and behavior from Columbia University in New York City. In 2008, Joe initially joined the Champalimaud Neuroscience Program as a Fellow, becoming a Principal Investigator in 2012. At Champalimaud, his lab seeks to understand the algorithms and circuit mechanisms underlying behavioral control, with a particular focus on temporal processing and reinforcement learning. He is an HHMI International Research Scholar, alumnus of the Simons Foundation Collaboration on the Global Brain, member of the Executive Board of the Fulbright Commission in Portugal, and current holder of an ERC consolidator grant. At Champalimaud, Joe has been the Director of the International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme since 2017, as well as Co-Director of the Cajal advanced summer training Course in Computational Neuroscience. He became the Director of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme in 2019.