Lab Members

Dmitry "Dima" Rinberg

Principal Investigator

After receiving my Ph.D. in Physics from Weizmann Institute of Science, I switched to Neurobiology. My adventure in olfactory processing started with discovering dramatic differences between olfactory bulb dynamics in awake and anesthetized mice (Rinberg-2006). The work of my lab in Janelia Farm (2006-2012) led to establishing temporal limits of behavior and neural processing in the sense of smell. I joined NYU Medical School in 2012.

rinberg@nyu.edu

Hirofumi Nakayama

Postdoctoral Scientist

I study the neuronal mechanisms underlying odor perception. Using in vivo calcium imaging and behavioral experiments, I try to understand what features in spatiotemporal patterns of neuronal activity define odor percepts.

 

I completed my PhD at the Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Dr. Nathaniel Heintz, where I studied the contribution of prefrontal cell types to decision making.

hirofumi.nakayama@nyumc.org

Mursel Karadas

Postdoctoral Scientist

I am interested in developing neural interfaces to understand how spatiotemporal neural codes are read by the brain and evoke behavior.

 

I received my B.S. and M.S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from METU.

I completed my PhD at Technical University of Denmark in 2019.  During my PhD, I studied on the feasibility of wide-field imaging of neural network dynamics in brain slices that uses highly sensitive magnetometry based on NV centers in diamond.

mursel.karadas@nyulangone.org

Jonathan Witztum

Postdoctoral Scientist

I received my PhD in Physiology, Biophysics, and Systems Biology from Weill Cornell in 2019, and my BSc in Biology from Tel Aviv University.

jonathan.witztum@nyulangone.org

Joshua Harvey

Postdoctoral Scientist

I am interested in how the statistical properties of environments are sensed and represented by neural systems.

 

I received my MBiochem from Oxford University in 2015, having gone to the Oren Lab at the Weizmann Institute to research tumor suppressor pathways. I returned to Oxford to complete a DPhil in Engineering Science in 2019, looking at medieval theories of perception from a modern experimental perspective.

joshua.harvey@nyulangone.org

Edmund Chong

PhD student

I am interested in how complex activity patterns in the brain map to perception and behavior, and have used a combination of patterned optogenetic stimulation, electrophysiological recordings, and behavioral monitoring to tackle this question.

 

More broadly, I like to think about novel paradigms in rodent models that test higher-order cognitive behaviors, to leverage the expanding repertoire of tools available for circuit monitoring or manipulation during such behaviors.

 

I received my undergraduate degree from the National University of Singapore and Masters from Dartmouth College, both in Psychology. My favorite scientists are Claude Shannon and Amos Tversky.

edmund.chong@nyulangone.org

Jonathan Gill

PhD student

I study how expectation and experience alter sensory representations. In colloboartion with Froemke lab, I use 2-photon imaging, optogentics and behavioral experiments to explore how neuromodulatory systems support changes in sensory perception in both the auditory and olfactory systems.

I received my B.A. in Psychology from NYU in 2008 before working as a research technician in the labs of Dr. George Alvarez at Harvard University and Dr. Ann Graybiel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

jvg219@nyu.edu

Pedro Herrero Vidal

PhD student

I am interested in the encoding of sensory stimuli into neural activity and how experience shapes those representations. Co-advised by Cristina Savin, I combine optogenetics, ephys recordings and machine learning methods to explore how synthetic odors are represented in the cortex, what are the behaviorally relevant features of such code, and what is the effect of learning in this neural network.
I received a B.S. in Biochemistry and a M.S. in Physics from Autonomous University of Madrid, and a MS in Bioinformatics from NYU. Prior to my Ph.D., I tackled the brain from molecular, physiological and computational perspectives in the labs of Dr. Cubelos at the Severo Ochoa Center for Molecular Biology, Dr. Liu at the Genome Institute of Singapore, Dr. Menendez de la Prida at the Cajal Institute and Dr. Klann at the Center for Neural Science, NYU.

pmh314@nyu.edu

Ophir Auslaender

Research Scientist

Before joining the Rinberg Lab I worked in condensed matter physics. At the Rinberg Lab, I am applying my expertise in designing and running complex experimental apparatus to build the next generation of olfactometers. 

ophir@nyu.edu

Sara Stark

Lab manager, research technician

I graduated from NYU in 2018, receiving my B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, I studied under Dr. Joseph LeDoux of NYU's Center for Neural Science, conducting research aimed to explore potential causes for varying behavioral responses in rodents following exposure to identical threatening stimuli.

sara.stark@nyulangone.org

Shannon Toole

Research technician

I graduated from The George Washington University in 2018 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Electrical Engineering. During my undergraduate career, I conducted research under Dr. Murray Loew in the GW Medical Imaging & Image Analysis Laboratory, developing pixel clustering algorithms for identification of potentially tumorous regions from infrared breast images.

 

shannon.toole@nyulangone.org

Aaron Lanz

Rotation Student

I am broadly interested in how complex information processing can emerge from local synaptic interactions. To this end, I completed my BSc and MSc in neuroscience at the University of Calgary, during which, I studied short-term and long-term synaptic plasticity. At NYU I plan to tackle the other side of my question. During my rotation in the Rinberg laboratory, I am mapping local inhibitory networks in the olfactory bulb of awake mice.

aaron.lanz@nyulangone.org

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Collaborators:

Shy Shoham                   NYU Medical School, Tech4Health

Thomas Bozza                Department of Neurobiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Alexei Koulakov              Cold Spring Harbour Laboaratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Stefano Panzeri              Italian Institute of Technology

 

Alumni:

Postdocs:

Erez Shor

Gilad Lerman

Erwan Poivet

Ezequiel Arneodo           Postdoc, UCSD

Sasha Devore                 Senior Editor, Nature Neuroscience

Jagdish Patel                  Postdoc, Pfizer

Matt Smear                     Assistant Professor, University of Oregon, Eugene

Roman Shusterman      Research Professor, University of Oregon, Eugene

Rod O’Connor                 PI, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, LIMOGES, FRANCE

 

Students:

Christopher Wilson

Johanes Kappel

Kristina Penikis              Ph.D. student,CNS NYU

Arbora Resulaj               Postdoc, UCSF
 

 Technicians:

Gabriela Serrano, Angelika Pickens, Hans Ma, Admir Resulaj

Visitors:

Yevgeniy Sirotin, Adam Dewan, David Markowitz

Summer and rotation students, volunteers:

Lavanya Shukla, Camille Rullan, Sneha Aenugu, Jonathan Shor, Lauren Ryan, Alexandra Dolznina, Daniel Schein, Roman Huszar, Maya Laughton, David Godovich, Mark Robles-Long, Angela Licata, Dana Tsipenyuk, Anthony Oganov, Amin Nibir, Rachel Swanson, Andrew Matheson, Arif Niyaz, Akash Pillai, Leeann Ozer, Sebastian van Opheusden, Zoe Talbot, Hannah Bertstein,, Anders Laan, Utsav Goel, Dylan Rich, Meliz Yilmaz, Daniel Wesson