top of page

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.​

Katya Kulakov.jpg

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.


Postdoctoral scientist


I am interested in using light-sculpted optogenetics to artificially generate sensory perception in mice. More in detail, in Dima’s lab, I want to use a variety of behavioral tasks combined with neuronal activity perturbations to reveal the coding mechanisms of odorant identity. I got my PhD in neuroscience from Sorbonne University in France during which I worked in the lab of Dr. Brice Bathellier. In his lab, I worked on deciphering the neuronal underpinnings of stimulus saliency and the causal contribution of auditory cortex for an auditory discrimination task. If you are interested in the results here is my google scholar page. 

Bea photo.jpg

Beatrice Barra

Postdoctoral scientist

I am interested in the neural encoding of intensity information in the mouse olfactory  system.

After a MSc in Biomedical Engineering ( Politecnico of Milan), I moved to Switzerland, where I studied how to use spinal cord stimulation to restore arm and hand function in non-human primates. I then worked as a research scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, where I designed stimulation protocols to restore sensory feedback in trans-tibial amputees. Now, I want to study how sensory systems encodes intensity information, in order to design better neuroprosthetic devices in the future. 


Postdoctoral scientist


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 cracking the neural code and understanding how the dynamic of the population of neurons changes through learning. I received a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology and an M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Isfahan. Before joining NYU I was a researcher at the Brain Engineering Center in the Institute for research in fundamental sciences (IPM) in Tehran, Iran.




Research associate

I graduated from the St. Petersburg State University, with a degree in Applied Math. Fairly soon I realized I wanted to apply my mathematical skills to the field of medical and biological research, until I was introduced to neuroscience. My goal is to contribute my knowledge and gain experience in Rinberg’s lab before pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience. I am fairly new to the field, but the horizons are bright!





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.


smaller photo.jpg

Ekaterina Koulakova

Research associate

Having initially studied Physics (BS) and Political Science (BA) at Binghamton University, I developed my underlying interest in not only models of the physical world, but also in the representations we form based on our environment and interactions. It is this dichroic nature of reality: the physical vs. its projection on our percept, that lead me to the field of neuroscience. Joining the Rinberg lab has allowed me the opportunity to refine this intrigue by using optogenetics to explore how mice encode artificially generated sensory stimuli.


Dmitry 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.


Pavan Veeramreddy


Lab manager

I did my Bachelors in Pharmacy from Dr.MGR Medical University, India. I worked in Biological E.Limited in India before moving to the USA for my Masters in Pharmacology and Toxicology. After my Masters I worked at Columbia University and Mount Sinai before joining the Rinberg lab.

Dina Popova.jpg

Dina Popova


Research Coordinator

Throughout my career in neuroscience I have explored several fascinating  fields including neuroplasticity, anxiety,  depression, Alzheimer, opioid and alcohol addiction. Now, It's time for olfaction! 


Received PhD in Helsinki University and did postdoc at Rutgers University. 



         Jonathan Witztum           Data Scientist, Freelance

         Hiro Nakayama               Data Scientist, ThinkCyte, Japan 

Erez Shor                         CEO, Exero Medical

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

Research scientists:

        Ophir Auslaender, Armen Enikolopov



         Pedro Herrero Vidal     Amazon            

         Edmund Chong             Postdoc at SWC, London 

Christopher Wilson      Google

Johanes Kappel            PhD student Max PIanck Institute

Kristina Penikis            

Arbora Resulaj              Assistant Professor at University of Toronto


Timothy Reizis - PhD student, Oregon University  (good luck, Tim!!!)

Neha Chauhan - MD student RWJMS, Rutgers University

Dominic Demeterfi,  Marco Balboa, Sara Stark, Gabriela Serrano, Angelika Pickens, Hans Ma, Admir Resulaj


Yevgeniy Sirotin, Adam Dewan, David Markowitz

Summer and rotation students, volunteers:

Aaron Lanz, 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


bottom of page