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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

Postdoctoral Scientist

Ph.D. student

Ph.D. 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

Shannon Toole

Research technician

Camille Rullan

Master's student

I graduated from the University of Münster 2014 with a B. Sc. in Biosciences, working in Drosophila Neurogenetics in the lab of Christian Klämbt for my thesis. After interning at Janelia Research Campus during my first Master's year in Molecular Biomedicine in Münster, I decided to switch the organism and joined the lab of Dmitry Rinberg in April 2016 for my Master's thesis. Currently, I am studying glomerular activity in the olfactory blub and carrying out its maniulation using patterned optogenetics.
Rotation student


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Lavanya Shukla


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, UCSD


Gabriela Serano.           NYU Neuroscience Institute 

Angelika Pickens

Hans Ma

Admir Resulaj               Ph.D. student, Northwestern University


Yevgeniy Sirotin            Scitor

Adam Dewan                 Northwestern University


Summer and rotation students, volunteers:

Sneha Aenugu, AuJonathan 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, David Markowitz, Anders Laan, Utsav Goel, Dylan Rich, Meliz Yilmaz, Daniel Wesson

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