Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kahnt Laboratory

Lab Members

 

Principal Investigator

 
ThorstenKahnt

Thorsten Kahnt, PhD
thorsten.kahnt( at )northwestern.edu
Assistant Professor in Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department
312-503-2896
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Curriculum Vitae

Postdoctoral Fellows

 
JamesHoward

James Howard, PhD
james-howard( at )northwestern.edu
Postdoctoral Fellow

My research is focused on the neural mechanisms by which the human brain acquires and encodes predictive information about rewarding outcomes, and how these representations guide goal-directed behavior.

Curriculum Vitae

LauraShanahan

Laura Shanahan, PhD
LauraShanahan2012( at )u.northwestern.edu
Postdoctoral Fellow, T32 Sleep and Circadian Rhythms

I study interactions between sensory systems and cognitive processes, in particular how sleep and circadian timing can influence odor perception and food intake.

Curriculum Vitae

 
JanaTegelbeckers

Jana Tegelbeckers, PhD
jana.tegelbeckers( at )northwestern.edu
Postdoctoral Fellow, DFG fellowship

I investigate how the orbitofrontal cortex contributes to learning and generalization. My aim is to understand the role of OFC in maladaptive decision making in patients with substance use disorder.

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students

 
Shiloh L.Cooper

Shiloh L. Cooper, BA, BS
shilohcooper2023( at )u.northwestern.edu
NUIN Student

I am interested in how sensory information is encoded and transformed in neural circuits, and how it is used for decision making. I aim to study connectivity between olfactory brain regions, and how they process odor information.

Curriculum Vitae

DonnisaEdmonds

Donnisa Edmonds, BA
NU IN-PREP Student

I am currently interested in the neural processes underlying decision making and how neuroimaging can be used to enhance our understanding of these neural systems.

Curriculum Vitae

 
Tejas C.Joshi

Tejas C. Joshi, MS
tejas.joshi( at )northwestern.edu
FSM Medical Student - AOSC

Curriculum Vitae

DariaPorter

Daria Porter, BS
dboratyn( at )u.northwestern.edu
NUIN Student (primary advisor Jay Gottfried)

I study the effects of outcome valence on olfactory conditioning, and how odor-outcome associations generalize across odor mixtures.

 
VivekSagar

Vivek Sagar, MS
VivekSagar2016( at )u.northwestern.edu
NUIN Student

I use functional neuroimaging and computational modeling to study how odors are encoded in the human brain.

Curriculum Vitae

Undergraduate Students

 
TanyaBhargava

Tanya Bhargava
TanyaBhargava2023( at )u.northwestern.edu
NU Neuroscience Student

I am interested in studying the olfactory system as a potential biomarker for Parkinson's Disease (PD) by comparing diffusion-weighted MR images of the olfactory tract between healthy adults and adults with PD.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Staff

 
HamnaSiddiqui

Hamna Siddiqui, BS
hamna.siddiqui( at )northwestern.edu
Research Study Assistant
312-503-4223

Alumni

 
SurabhiBhutani

Surabhi Bhutani, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Surabhi was a postdoc in the lab until 2018. She is now an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University.

RachelReynolds

Rachel Reynolds, BS
Research Study Coordinator

Rachel was a Research Study Coordinator in the lab until 2018. She is now an Outreach and Prevention Specialist at National Runaway Safeline.

 
DevynSmith

Devyn Smith, BS
Research Study Assistant

Devyn was a Research Study Assistant from 2017-2019. She is now a PhD student at the University of Virginia.

Javier A.Suarez

Javier A. Suarez, BS
FSM Medical Student - AOSC

Javier was a MD student in the lab until 2019. He is now a Neurology Resident at Mass General, Harvard Medical School.

 
FangWang

Fang Wang, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Fang was a postdoc in the lab until 2019. She is now a postdoc at Duke University.