Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kahnt Laboratory

Lab Members

Principal Investigator


Thorsten Kahnt, PhD
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Assistant Professor in Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department
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Postdoctoral Fellows


Surabhi Bhutani, PhD
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Postdoctoral Fellow (T32 Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology Training Program)

I am interested in the neural circuits governing food preference and intake. In particular, I study the effects of sleep-deprivation on neural processing of highly palatable, energy-dense food odors in the human brain.​

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James Howard, PhD
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Postdoctoral Fellow

My research is focused on the mechanisms by which the human brain encodes information about rewarding stimuli, and how these representations guide goal-oriented behavior. In particular, I study how neural reward representations change with the internal state (i.e., hunger) to redirect decisions.

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Fang Wang, PhD
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Postdoctoral Fellow

I study neural mechanisms underlying context-dependent generalization. In particular, I am interested in how context modulates generalization and how this process is mediated by hippocampal-OFC circuits.

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Graduate Students


Vivek Sagar, MS
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NUIN Student

Javier A.Suarez

Javier A. Suarez, BS
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FSM Medical Student - AOSC

I am interested in the neural basis of decision-making, especially with regards to OFC function in coding specific reward identities. Also, I am interested in risky decision-making and in elucidating brain regions responsible for maladaptive behaviors such as gambling and addiction.​

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Research Staff


Rachel Reynolds, BS
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Research Study Assistant


Devyn Smith, BS
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Research Study Assistant