Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kahnt Laboratory



Principal Investigator


Thorsten Kahnt, PhD
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Assistant Professor in Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department
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Curriculum Vitae

Postdoctoral Fellows


Laura Shanahan, PhD
LauraShanahan2012( at )
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.

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Jana Tegelbeckers, PhD
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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.

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Graduate Students

Shiloh L.Cooper

Shiloh L. Cooper, BA, BS
shilohcooper2023( at )
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.

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Donnisa Edmonds, BA
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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.

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Tejas C.Joshi

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

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Daria Porter, BS
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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.


Vivek Sagar, MS
VivekSagar2016( at )
NUIN Student

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

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Undergraduate Students


Tanya Bhargava
TanyaBhargava2023( at )
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.

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Research Staff


Hamna Siddiqui, BS
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Research Study Assistant



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.


James Howard, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

James was a postdoc in the lab until 2020. He is now an Assistant Professor at Brandeis University.

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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.


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.


Fang Wang, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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