Lab members:

Principal Investigator

After receiving 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sara Stark

Research technician, lab manager

I received my B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in Psychology from NYU in 2018.

Shannon Toole

Research technician

Camille Rullan

Rotation Student

I am interested in how sensory systems encode and decode sensory stimuli and what information is most important in this process. I build data-driven theoretical models of how the olfactory system reliably identifies and discriminates between odors, spanning from population-level neural responses to behavior. My current project focuses on predicting glomerular responses to odor mixtures. Other general areas of interest include the role of random and learned connections in circuit function and how the brain may adopt optimal strategies to interpret the complex dynamics of the natural world.


I received an A.B. in Physics with a certificate in Biophysics from Princeton University, where I worked in the lab of Dr. Jonathan Pillow.

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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




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



Christopher Wilson

Johanes Kappel

Kristina Penikis             Ph.D. student,CNS NYU

Arbora Resulaj              Postdoc, UCSF


Gabriela Serrano, Angelika Pickens, Hans Ma, Admir Resulaj


Yevgeniy Sirotin, Adam Dewan, David Markowitz

Summer and rotation students, volunteers:

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