University of Nebraska Medical Center

Christopher Kovach, PhD

Assistant Professor

Christopher K. Kovach, PhD,  is a systems and computational neuroscientist who joined the UNMC Department of Neurosurgery as a research faculty member in September 2023.  Dr. Kovach decided to pursue a career in neuroscience research after completing undergraduate degrees in biology and physics at the University of Kansas and two years of medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. After finishing his PhD at the University of Iowa in 2008 and postdoctoral fellowships at Iowa and Caltech, he spent nine years as a research scientist in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he developed new methods of spectral analysis for brain signals, implementing them in publicly shared software packages.

Dr Kovach’s published work spans a range from the neuroscience of attention, decision making, social perception, language and auditory processing, to applications of higher-order spectra and related machine learning techniques in the study of human brain physiology.  Currently, he is developing a translational research program at UNMC that focuses his breadth of expertise onto the problem of understanding cognitive and perceptual symptoms of Parkinson's disease, with the ultimate goal of finding therapeutic strategies for improving non-motor symptoms of the disorder.