Jay Gottfried

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 Professor in the Department of Neurology, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology. 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.

Daria Boratyn

Daria received her BS from Umass Amherst before spending time working at MGH/Martinos Center. She is a currently pursuing her PhD through NUIN. Daria is interested in applying advanced imaging techniques to study olfaction, and currently working on a project that examines olfactory generalization. She enjoys the beach and New England sports teams. Daria’s favorite smell is sunscreen, and her favorite superhero is the Christian Bale version of Batman.

Pei-Ching Chang

Pei-Ching received her PhD in Neuroscience with Dr. Apkarian at Northwestern University, and is now a postdoctoral researcher in the Gottfried lab. She is interested in how odor information is processed in the brain to give rise to the perception of odors using fMRI in small animals. Pei-Ching loves to cook and travel. Her favorite smell is brown butter, and her favorite superhero is Yoda.

Eva Gjorgieva

Eva Gjorgieva graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Loyola University Chicago in 2015. She is the research study assistant in the lab. She previously worked at the cognitive and affective neuroscience laboratory at Loyola under Dr. Rebecca Silton, where she investigated bilingualism, executive functions, and language brokering using EEG methodology. Her favorite smell is lavender and her favorite superhero is Matter-Eater Lad.

Isabel Hutchison

Isabel completed a BSc at Imperial College London and a PhD at the University of Manchester before joining Prof. Gottfried’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow. She is interested in sleep (in all capacities), dreaming, and emotional memory consolidation. At Northwestern she will be using fMRI, odor-based targeted memory reactivation and electrophysiological techniques to investigate emotional memory processing in sleep. She loves the scent of lilacs, and her favorite superhero is Sandman.

Heidi Jiang

Heidi received her B.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University in 2011 and is currently a neuroscience Ph.D. student at Northwestern University. She uses electrocorticographic and fMRI techniques to understand spatiotemporal coding in human olfactory cortex. Her favorite smell is freshly brewed chrysanthemum tea and her favorite superhero is Arm-Fall-Off-Boy.

Olga Lacki

Olga received her BA in Neuroscience with a minor in Visual Arts from Boston University in May 2016. She is a research assistant at the lab. Previously, Olga worked under Dr. Camron Bryant at the Addiction Genetics Laboratory of the Boston University School of Medicine. Olga likes to paint in her free time. Her favorite smell is Clary Sage and her favorite superhero is Sailor Moon.

Jia Li

Jia Li received her B.S. in Biotechnology from NIT, Zhejiang University in China, and her M.S. in Microbiology from Illinois Institute of Technology. She is currently a research technician, investigating olfactory mapping in the human brain. Her favorite superhero is Hulk, and her favorite smell is sandalwood and coffee. Can you find Jia in this picture?

Laura Shanahan

Laura Shanahan received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2012, and is currently a 2nd year* neuroscience graduate student. Laura is interested in the neural mechanisms underlying sleep’s role in memory, and for her current project, she is using odors to facilitate memory consolidation in human subjects while they sleep in an MRI scanner. Laura’s favorite odor is the smell of new books and her favorite superhero is Darkwing Duck. [*Given the sporadic frequency with which this website is updated, Laura could be a 3rd or
even a 4th year graduate student by now.]

Ava Weibman

Ava Weibman received her B.A. in Biology and minor in Chemistry from Oberlin College in 2015. She works as a research study assistant in the lab. Currently, she is using histological techniques to study the human olfactory system. Her favorite superhero is Thor and her favorite smell is freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.


Lisa Qu

Lisa Qu - Lisa received her BA in Behavioral Biology from Johns Hopkins University and obtained her Neuroscience PhD at Northwestern in 2016. Lisa studied the development of novel odor object representations through multi-sensory 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.

Jaimie Spahr

Jaimie is a junior Behavioral Neuroscience major at Northeastern University who worked in Dr. Gottfried's lab as a research assistant for her co-op from January-July 2016. She previously worked in the Categorization and Reasoning Lab at Northeastern under Dr. John Coley. She is interested in learning/memory, sensation, neuroplasticity, and biomimetics. Her favorite superhero is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and her favorite scent is the smell of Alpine Buttercups.

Shayna Rose Levine

Shayna graduated with a BA in Neuroscience and Spanish from Vanderbilt University in 2014. She worked in the lab between 2014-2015 as the research technician assisting with fMRI and intracranial EEG studies. She was recently accepted to medical school. Her favorite smell is cucumber and her favorite superhero is Rainbow Girl.

James Howard

James Howard – B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Akron. James was a neuroscience PhD student in the lab and graduated in Spring 2015. His research focused on examining the nature of odor object coding in human olfactory cortex. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Thorsten Kahnt at Northwestern. His favorite superhero is Spider-Man and his favorite smell is freshly brewed coffee.

Christina Zelano

Christina Zelano - PhD in Biophysics at UC Berkeley. Christina was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab where she used fMRI, intracranial EEG, and psychophysics techniques to study human olfactory perception and attention. In 2015 she was appointed as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Northwestern. Least (or is it the most??) favorite smell: trimethylamine. Her favorite superhero is Ace the Bathound.

Joanna (Keng Nei) Wu

Joanna (Keng Nei) Wu a.k.a "JoJo" – BA in Psychology from University of California at Los Angeles. JoJo was a neuroscience PhD student in the lab and graduated in Winter 2014. Her research focused on understanding how olfactory experiences modulate olfactory perception and neural plasticity of odorant coding in the human brain. She is now working with a company doing data research and analysis. Her favorite superhero is Doraemon and her favorite smell is dark chocolate from Trinidad and Tobago.

Sydni Cole

Sydni Cole received her BA in Neuroscience from Lake Forest College, and worked in the lab as a research technician from 2012-2014. In Summer 2014 she joined the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern as an MD-PhD student. Her favorite superhero is Iron Man and her favorite smell is rosemary.

Nick Bowman

Nick Bowman received an AB degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago (2005), and obtained his Neuroscience PhD in 2014 from Northwestern, where he studied olfactory perceptual decision-making in the human brain. He is now doing postgraduate work as a 'predictive analytics consultant' in the private sector. His favorite superhero is Batman and his favorite smell is freshly toasted coriander seeds.

Mathieu d'Acremont

Mathieu d'Acremont – BA and PhD in Psychology, MS in Clinical Psychology, MS in Statistics from the University of Geneva, and postdoc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Caltech. Mathieu studied how expectation and sensation interact to allow for rapid odor identification and the role played by uncertainty. Since 2015 he is working in the private sector. His favorite superhero is Captain Future and his favorite smell is the relaxing mixture of lemon and mint.

Katherina Hauner

Katherina received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and was a post-doc in the Gottfried lab, where she studied smell, sleep, and fear. She is now Assistant Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the Rehab Institute of Chicago. 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.

Jonas Olofsson

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. He is now Professor of Psychology at Stockholm University. His favorite superhero 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.

Wen Li

Wen Li - Degree in Medicine from China, PhD in Psychology from Northwestern University, Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University. 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. Her favorite superhero is The Monkey King and her favorite smell is the aroma of a whiskey sour.

Appu Mohanty

Appu Mohanty received her Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and was a post-doc in the lab. In 2011 she became Assistant Professsor of Psychology at Stony Brook University in New York, where she studies olfactory and emotional processing in the brain as well as how sensory context impacts valence coding. Her favorite smell is the smell of filamentous bacteria - Actinomycetes. She is suspicious of superheroes.

Connie Choi

Connie Choi was a medical student at the Feinberg School of Medicine and conducted summer research in the lab. She will be starting a pediatrics residency in 2014. 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

Ritu Chouhan – BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Ritu was a summer intern in the Olfaction Lab and was critical for designing the original Gottfried Lab website in 2008.

Katherine Khatibi

Katherine Khatibi received her BS in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. She was a research tech in the olfaction lab between 2011-2012, and in 2012 started medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Katherine’s favorite smell is lavender.

Katie Phillips

Katie Phillips – BA in Biochemistry from Boston College. Katie was a research tech in the olfaction lab between 2009-2011. She started medical school at The Ohio State University in the fall of 2010. Go Katie!!Her favorite smell is acetophenone, a brand new sneaker smell.

The Future

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