University of Pennsylvania Lab Members
Dr. Gottfried obtained MD and PhD degrees from New York University, and subsequently completed a neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2001 he received a Physician-Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, giving him an opportunity to work with Prof. Ray Dolan at University College London, where he launched his work on the neural organization of human olfaction. Between 2004 and 2017 Dr. Gottfried was a faculty member in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University, continuing his research program on odor information processing in the human brain. In July 2017 he moved to the University of Pennsylvania, as the Arthur H. Rubenstein Professor of Neurology and Psychology and a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) University Professor. His current research program spans a multidisciplinary range of approaches, including olfactory functional imaging in human and mouse subjects, intracranial EEG recordings in epilepsy patients, and immunohistochemical characterization of the human olfactory system. His favorite smell is shiso leaf and his favorite superhero is Plastic Man.
Sepideh received her Bachelor of Science degree in cell and molecular biology with concentration in microbiology. For her master’s thesis, she worked on a collaborative research between Engineering and Biology departments at Villanova University. There, she investigated premature activation and chilling response of stage V zebrafish oocyte under the supervision of Drs. Jens Karlsson and Angela DiBenedetto. Sepideh is currently a research specialist in the Gottfried lab, using imaging and RNA sequencing to investigate the expression, function and distribution of odorant receptor genes in human olfactory epithelium and bulb. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano. Her favorite smell is the scent of fabric softener sheets and her favorite superhero is Wonder Woman.
Gulce Nazli Dikecligil (Naz)
Naz received her undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. For her doctoral work, she studied the laminar and cell type specific functional properties of gustatory cortex neurons using extracellular recordings under the mentorship of Dr. Alfredo Fontanini at Stony Brook University. She joined Gottfried lab at UPenn as a post-doctoral researcher in the summer of 2017. She is interested in context-dependent olfactory perception and studying the neural mechanisms that mediate such dynamic interpretation of olfactory stimuli. She will be using multisite intracranial EEG recordings in human subjects as well as electrophysiological and pharmacological approaches in rodent models to address these questions. Her favorite superhero is Mary Poppins and her favorite scent is that of her grandmother’s detergent.
Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Stony Brook University, studying Psychology and Biology with concentrations in physics and chemistry. Under the mentorship of Dr. Patricia Whitaker, she investigated psychological and neural characteristics of neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders. She worked on the Low Maternal Progesterone Model of Autism, then went on to examine behavioral and morphological consequences of perinatal SSRI exposure in rodents for her honors thesis. Currently, Sarah is working on profiling the expression and distribution of human odorant receptor genes throughout the olfactory epithelium and bulb. Beyond academia, Sarah enjoys winter sports and longboarding. Her favorite scent is that of coffee and her favorite superhero is Sherlock Holmes.
Lulu Tsai Korsak
Lulu majored in biochemistry and minored in chemistry and Chinese at the University of Rochester. She earned her PhD studying critical periods in the developing olfactory system with Dr. Gilad Barnea at Brown University. As a postdoc at Drexel University, she studied local protein translation in the axons of olfactory neurons and pressure-dependent cell migration with Drs. Michael Akins, Ryan Petrie, and Denise Garcia. Currently she studies the anatomy and wiring of the human olfactory system. Her favorite smell is decanal and her favorite superhero is Ozymandias (the Watchmen version).
Clara earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Marburg University, Germany. During her undergraduate studies, she visited Dr. Dana Small’s lab where she investigated the effects of artificial sweeteners on the brain's response to sweet taste. To follow up on her interest in the chemical senses, and to learn more about neuroimaging methods, she completed a Research Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Under the supervision of Dr. Anne Roefs, she wrote her master’s thesis on the effects of calorie expectations on nutrient metabolism and brain activity. In August 2018, Clara joined the Gottfried lab to pursue her PhD, during which she will investigate human olfaction using fMRI. Her favorite smell is that of home, and her favorite superhero is Disney’s Mulan.
Ludwig received his Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in electrical engineering, with specializations in both computer and biomedical engineering. During his undergraduate studies, he explored a wide array of research interests, including MRI studies for multiple sclerosis at Cedar Sinai with Dr. Nancy Sicotte and the development of self-assembly nanoparticles for novel semiconductor devices with Prof. Paul Weiss. Intrigued by all these past experiences, he is interested in bridging the engineering field with neuroscience in clinical settings. After obtaining his BS, Ludwig pursued his graduate degree at Columbia University to research aptamer-based nanobiosensors for single neurotransmitter molecule tracing in the brain. In May 2020, Ludwig Joined the Gottfried lab to continue his Ph.D. study, where he will primarily investigate the olfactory system using different MRI methods. His favorite scent is that of lavender. His favorite fictional superhero is Wonder Woman, but in reality, that would be his parents.
Andrew received his A.B. in physics at Princeton, M.S. in biomedical engineering at Duke, and M.D. at New York University. Currently, he is a senior resident in neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania. During medical school, Andrew joined the Medical Research Scholars Program at the NIH Clinical Center, where he studied the pathophysiology of neuronal oscillations in patients with Parkinson’s disease. In 2018, he joined Dr. Gottfried’s lab as a post-doctoral researcher, where he will be investigating odor perception associated with their incentive properties, utilizing intracranial EEG in patients with epilepsy. Andrew’s favorite smell is coffee, and his favorite superhero is batman.
Minhtrinh Cao (Trinh)
Trinh majors in biology with a minor in Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interest in working with the human brain led her to the Gottfried lab where she studies anatomy and gene expression profiles in human olfactory tissue. In her spare time Trinh enjoys drawing and painting. Her favorite smell is fabric softener and her favorite superhero is Red Hood.
Ashley is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and East Asian Area Studies with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the Gottfried Lab in 2019 and investigates the anatomy of the olfactory system through immunohistochemistry of human olfactory tissue. Ashley is also the News Editor for Penn’s independent student newspaper The Daily Pennsylvanian and a campus tour guide for Penn Admissions. Her favorite smell is chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven, and her favorite superhero is Christian Bale’s Batman.
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