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Kohitij Kar

Kohitij Kar

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Kohitij Kar
Assistant Professor


Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience

Eligible to Supervise

Biology Graduate Program


Office Location Lassonde Building (Room: 0009D)

About Me

Dr. Kohitij Kar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science at York University, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Kar is also a Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience.

Prior to this, Dr. Kar was a Research Scientist at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, working in the lab of Dr. James DiCarlo. Before joining the DiCarlo Lab, he completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Behavioral and Neural Sciences at Rutgers University in New Jersey (PhD advisor: Bart Krekelberg) in 2015. Dr. Kar’s research lies at the intersection of neurophysiological investigations of visual intelligence in non-human primates and artificial intelligence systems. His work has been published in top-tier neuroscience journals like Science, Nature Neuroscience, and Neuron and competitive machine learning conferences like NeurIPS and ICLR. Dr. Kar has also recently become an SFARI investigator after receiving a Simons Foundation grant to develop a non-human primate model of autism.


Primate visual intelligence, primate in-vivo neurophysiology, visual object recognition, artificial intelligence, deep neural networks, visual cognition, chemogenetic perturbation

Research Areas

Physiology and Neuroscience