Zach Mainen. Champalimaud Foundation

A psychologist by training, Zach Mainen’s work focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying adaptive behaviour in rodents. In particular, he investigates the impact of uncertainty on brain functions and perceptual decisions. Zach’s research focuses on the brain mechanisms of decision-making. He studied psychology and philosophy at Yale University, received his doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego,…


Noam Sobel. Weizmann University

Olfaction in human subjects and in machines (electronic noses) is the subject that interests Noam Sobel, the head of the Olfaction Research Group in the Department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. A pioneer in the field of human olfaction and psychophysics, his research covers a wide range of topics, from the mechanisms of odour representation in…


Leslie Vosshall. Rockefeller University

How does the human brain make sense of the many chemicals we taste and smell in our daily lives? Leslie Vosshall looks for answers in her lab at the Rockefeller University, taking a multi-disciplinary approach spanning genetics, neurobiology and behaviour. Vosshall has been studying the basic rules of the human sense of smell since 2002. Together with her collaborator Andreas…

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