Jay Gottfried obtained MD and PhD degrees from New York University, and subsequently completed a neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2001 he received a Physician-Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, giving him an opportunity to work at the Functional Imaging Lab, University College London, UK, with Prof. Ray Dolan, where he studied the neural organization of human olfaction. Since September 2004, Dr. Gottfried has been in Chicago at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he is Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology and the Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer's Disease Center (CNADC), with a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology (Northwestern - Evanston Campus). His favorite smell is shiso leaf and his favorite superhero is Plastic Man.
Agnes (Xiaojun) Bao
Agnes (Xiaojun) Bao – B.S. in Biology from Nanjing University and Stony Brook University. She entered the Northwestern Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program in 2011. Her current research interest is to understand the role of associative piriform connection in odor coding, and how the underlying neural processes contribute to odor perception. She uses psychophysical and fMRI techniques in human subjects, as well as behavioral, immunohistological and pharmacological methods in mice. She likes the smell of sandalwood
best, and her favorite superhero is Professor X.
Nick Bowman received an AB degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago (2005), and is currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience (started in 2007). His research focus is on human olfactory perceptual decision-making. He uses various methods, such as functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) and psychophysical measures, to attempt to understand how these perceptual decisions evolve. His favorite superhero is Batman and his favorite smell is freshly toasted coriander seeds.
Sydni Cole received her BA in Neuroscience from Lake Forest College. She is the new research technician in the lab and helps scan subjects, is responsible for administrative work, and has various other lab duties and odd jobs to keep everything running smoothly. Her favorite superhero is Iron Man and her favorite smell is rosemary.
Katherina received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and is currently a new post-doc in the Gottfried lab. For her dissertation, she used fMRI to examine the mechanisms of fear extinction, by observing the immediate and long-term neural changes associated with single-session exposure therapy. She is interested in learning whether fear extinction memories can be selectively enhanced using smells. Her favorite smell is the smell of fear. Her favorite "superhero" is Ferda Mravenec (Ferda the Ant), who is known in Czech children's books for his thoughtfulness and his red polka-dotted necktie.
James Howard – B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Akron. James’ research focuses on examining the nature of odor object coding in human olfactory cortex. Multivariate statistical methods, psychophysical ratings and general linear modeling of brain imaging data are employed to examine this issue in both young healthy adults and patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He is currently a neuroscience Ph.D. student at Northwestern. His favorite superhero is Spider-Man and his favorite smell is freshly brewed coffee.
Lisa Qu - Lisa received her BA in Behavioral Biology from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing a PhD through the Northwestern Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. Lisa is interested in studying the role of odors in adaptive behavior and goal-directed olfactory learning, using fMRI, psychophysical, and physiological techniques. Lisa enjoys cooking, swimming, playing with her dog Beans, and sour candy. Her favorite superhero is Captain Underpants and one of her favorite smells is sesame oil.
Joanna (Keng Nei) Wu
Joanna (Keng Nei) Wu a.k.a "JoJo" – BA in Psychology from University of California at Los Angeles, Degree in progress from Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience. Research: Joanna is interested in understanding how olfactory experiences modulate olfactory perception and neural plasticity of odorant coding in the human olfactory cortex. Functional magnetic resonance imaging and sensory psychophysics are used to examine changes induced by olfactory deprivation and other olfactory experiences. She also supplies the Gottfried lab with a constant stream of chocolate. Her favorite superhero is Doraemon and her favorite smell is dark chocolate from Trinidad and Tobago.
Christina Zelano - PhD in Biophysics at UC Berkeley. Research: fMRI and psychophysics of olfaction. More specifically, interested in perceptual coding of odors in piriform cortex, both in general, and how it changes in response to selective attention to particular odors. Also interested in the role of the mediodorsal thalamus in olfaction. Least favorite smell: trimethylamine.
Connie Choi – Received a B.S.E. in Bioengineering at the University in Pennsylvania and is currently a medical student at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Connie's research focuses on perceptual mapping of olfaction and semantic processing of odors. Her favorite smell is fresh rain, and her favorite superheroes are the Parr family members from The Incredibles. She wishes that she had her personal Edna Mode.
Ritu Chouhan – BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, Summer Intern in the Olfaction Lab. Role: As a summer intern in the olfaction lab, Ritu acted as a second pair of hands with all the studies. This included setting up and dissembling the olfactometers, assisting in fMRI scans, drawing ROIs in brain images, and participating in data analysis. She worked on designing and shaping the Gottfried Lab website in 2008.
Katherine Khatibi received her BS in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. She is currently the new lab tech and will be responsible for scanning subjects and providing support for the various studies in the lab. Katherine’s favorite smell is lavender. In August 2012 she headed to medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Wen Li - Degree in Medicine from China, PhD in Psychology from Northwestern University, Postdoctoral Fellow at CNADC Northwestern University. Her favorite superhero is The Monkey King and her favorite smell is the aroma of a whisky sour. Wen is now Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has her own lab using ERP, fMRI, and psychophysics methods to understand the neural links between smell and anxiety.
Appu Mohanty received her Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and is currently a post-doc in the Olfaction lab. Her research focuses on how odor valence is coded in the brain as well as how sensory context impacts valence coding. Her favorite smell is the smell of filamentous bacteria - Actinomycetes. In 2011 she became Assistant Professsor of Psychology at Stony Brook University in New York
Jonas Olofsson received his PhD from Umea University in Sweden and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Stockholm Brain Institute (Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet) before joining the Gottfried lab. His main research interest concerns olfactory perception and cognition in aging and dementia. He is currently studying patients with mild cognitive impairment and primary progressive aphasia to investigate the relation between olfactory functions, cognitive impairments and neurophysiological abnormalities characteristic of
these conditions. His favorite super hero is Skalman, the clever but
slightly confused turtle from the Swedish cartoon Bamse. His favorite smell is the odor of fermented herring, a traditional dish from northern Sweden. He is now a Professor at Stockholm University.
Katie Phillips – BA in Biochemistry from Boston College. As research technician, Katie helps to scan research subjects for the various studies in the Gottfried lab, set up and dismantle the olfactometers, assist in data analysis, perform various administrative work, and is the guinea pig for all pilot studies in the lab. Her favorite smell is acetophenone, a brand new sneaker smell. She started med school at OSU in the fall of 2010. Go Katie!!