ISOT 2020 SYMPOSIA

AChemS President's Symposium: Central circuits underlying chemosensory-driven behavior

  • Chair: Matt Wachowiak- University of Utah

Izumi Fukunaga - Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Rainer Friedrich - Friedrich Miescher Institute
Gina Turrigiano - Brandeis University
Linda Buck - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Keynote Lecture



    Making and Breaking Memories
    Sheena Josselyn, PhD
    Neurobiology Laboratory at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada


All bulb all the time

  • Chairs: Takaki Komiyama - University of California San Diego and Florin Albeanu - CSHL

An Wu - University of California San Diego
Honggoo Chae - CSHL
Andreas Schaefer - UCL
Marta Pallotto - Center of Advanced European Studies and Research
Rafi Haddad - Weizmann Institute of Science


Be afraid. Be very afraid. Aversive learning in the chemical senses

  • Chair: Max Fletcher - University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Regina Sullivan - New York University
Claire Cheetham - University of Pittsburgh
Janardhan Bhattarai - University of Pennsylvania
Jordan Ross - University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Qi Yuan - Memorial University


Be happy. Be very happy. Reward learning in the chemical senses

  • Chair: James Howard - Northwestern University

Bertram Gerber - Leibniz Institute of Neurobiology
Matthew Gardner - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Erin Rich - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Kathrin Ohla - Jülich Research Center


"Big data" approaches to mammalian olfaction

  • Chair: Andreas Schaefer - University College London

Bob Datta - Harvard University
Kara Fulton - Center of Advanced European Studies and Research
Mihaly Kollo - Francis Crick Institute
Nell Klimpert - Brown University


Chemosensory science in the age of data sharing

  • Chairs: Joel Mainland - Monell Chemical Senses Center and Rick Gerkin - Arizona State University

Emily Mayhew - Monell Chemical Senses Center
Masha Niv - The Hebrew University
Rick Gerkin - Arizona State University
Kobi Snitz - Weizmann Institute of Science


Emerging technologies for chemosensory research

  • Chair: Dmitry Rinberg - NYU School of Medicine

Catherine Dulac - Harvard University
Shy Shoham - NYU School of Medicine
Florin Albeanu - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Alexander Mathis - Harvard University


From physics to perception: theory in olfaction

  • Chairs: Venkatesh Murthy - Harvard University and Ila Fiete - MIT

Massimo Vergassola - University of California San Diego
Ngoc Tran - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Peter Latham - Gatsby Institute
Ila Fiete - MIT


Gustation in insects: from sensation to behavior

  • Chairs: Kazushige Touhara - The University of Tokyo and Vanessa Ruta - Rockefeller University

Joel Butterwick - Yale University
Sayoko Ihara - The University of Tokyo
Hokto Kazama - Riken
Nilay Yapici - Cornell University


Gut instincts: the role of intestinal signals in regulating brain and behavior

  • Chairs: Lindsey Macpherson - University of Texas at San Antonio and Hojoon Lee - Northwestern University

Inge Depoortere - KU Leuven
Lindsey Schier - University of Southern California
Ivan de Araujo - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Melanie Maya Kaelberer - Duke University
Anoumid Vaziri - University of Michigan


How odorant metabolizing enzymes shape odor perception

  • Chairs: Jean-Marie Heydel - University of Burgundy - Franche-Comté and Andrea Buettner - University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Andrea Buettner - University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Thomas Chertemps - Sorbonne University
Hiroaki Matsunami - Duke University
Aline Robert-Hazotte - University of Pennsylvania


In bad taste: sensors and circuits for bitter, salty, and sour

  • Emily Liman - University of Southern California and Craig Montell - University of California, Santa Barbara

Craig Montell - University of California, Santa Barbara
Sangjun Lee - Caltech
Maik Behrens - German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke
Emily Liman - University of Southern California
Akiyuki Taruno - Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine


Insect olfaction: molecular advances and evolution

  • Chairs: Karen Menuz - University of Connecticut and Nilay Yapici - Cornell University

Karen Menuz - University of Connecticut
Chih-Ying Su - University of California
Sophie Caron - University of Utah
Marcus Stensmyr - Lund University
Laura Duvall - Rockefeller University
Jeff Riffell - University of Washington


Learning with, and learning about, conspecific chemostimuli

  • Chairs: Steven Munger - University of Florida Center for Smell and Taste and Hannah Rowland - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Adria LeBoeuf - University of Fribourg
Hannah Rowland - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Arthur Zimmerman - University of Florida Center for Smell and Taste
Kazushige Touhara - The University of Tokyo
Xiao-Hong Xu- Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Olfactory circuits in flies and fish

  • Chairs: Yoshihiro Yoshihara - RIKEN Center for Brain Science and Rainer Friedrich - Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

Marta Zlatic - HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Vanessa Ruta - The Rockefeller University
Nobuhiko Miyasaka - RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Thomas Frank - Max Plank Institute for Neurobiology


Olfactory gene expression and regulation

  • Chairs: Scott McGrane - Mars Petcare - WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute and Julie Menella - Monell Chemical Senses Center

Yoshihito Niimura - The University of Tokyo
Luis Saraiva - Sidra Medical and Research Center
Benjamin Arenkiel - Baylor College of Medicine
Stavros Lomvardas - Columbia University
Ami Shah - Northwestern University
Matthew Gibbs - Mars Petcare - WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute


Olfactory networks, rhythms, and behavior

  • Chair: Ileana Hanganu-Opatz - University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Emre Yaksi - Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience-NTNU
Ileana Hanganu-Opatz - University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Donald A Wilson - NYU Langone Medical Center
Leslie Kay - The University of Chicago


Peripheral and central mechanism of innate response to chemosensory cues

  • Chairs: Ron Yu - Stowers Institute for Medical Research and Sachiko Haga-Yamanaka - University of California, Riverside

Yoshihiro Yoshihara - RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Anupama Dahanukar - University of California
Hitoshi Sakano - University of Fukui School of Medicine
Sachiko Haga-Yamanaka - University of California, Riverside


Principles of gustatory coding

  • Chair: Mark Stopfer - NIH/NICHD

Hubert Amrein - Texas A&M University
Nirupa Chaudhari - University of Miami
Michael Gordon - University of British Columbia
Yu-Shan Hung - NIH/NICHD


Regeneration and repair

  • Chairs: James Schwob - Tufts University School of Medicine and Linda Barlow - University of Colorado

Brian Lin - Harvard University
Kenji Kondo - University of Tokyo
Rhea Choi - University of Miami
Linda Barlow - University of Colorado
Vijay Ramakrishnan - University of Colorado
Antje Welge-Lüssen - University of Basel


Representations of the olfactory world: The Parts

  • Chair: Jessica Brann - Firmenich

Katherine Nagel - NYU Langone Health
Tatsuya Tsukahara - Harvard University
Adam Dewan - Florida State University
Christian Margot - Firmenich


Representations of the olfactory world: The Whole

  • Chair: Anne-Marie Oswald - University of Pittsburgh

Anne Marie Oswald - University of Pittsburgh
Stan Pashkovski - Harvard University
Kevin Franks - Duke University
Betty Hong - Caltech
Alexander Fleischmann - Brown University


Respiratory modulation of brain activity and behavior

  • Chairs: Christina Zelano - Northwestern University and Detlef Heck - University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Minghong Ma - University of Pennsylvania
Anton Sirota - Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Jack Feldman - University of California
Noam Sobel - Weizmann Institute
Artin Arshamian - Karolinska Institute


Semiochemicals and your social life: molecules, receptors, and circuits underlying chemosensory behavior

  • Chairs: Markus Rothermel - RWTH Aachen University and Lisa Stowers -The Scripps Research Institute

Pablo Chamero - University of Tours
Yoh Isogai - University College London
Ron Yu - Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Wen Mai Wong - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Tim Holy - Washington University School of Medicine


Sensory nutrition I: How our senses shape food choices and affect dietary health – Focus on Sweet Taste

  • Chairs: Danielle Reed - Monell Chemical Senses Center and Paule Joseph - National Institute of Health

Yuzo Ninomiya - Kyushu University
Hong Wang - Monell Chemical Senses Center
Sophie Nicklaus - University of Burgundy - Franche-Comté
Lisa Jahns - US Department of Agriculture


Sensory nutrition II: How our senses shape food choices and affect dietary health – Focus on Other Senses

  • Chairs: Bob Margolskee - Monell Chemical Senses Center and Debra Fadool - Florida State University

Debra Fadool - Florida State University
Qian Janice Wang - Aarhus University
Tatsu Kobayakawa - National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Valerie Duffy - University of Connecticut
Amber Alhadeff - Monell Chemical Senses Center


Smells in space: the where problem of olfaction

  • Chair: Matt Smear - University of Oregon

Teresa Findley - University of Oregon
David Gire - University of Washington
Agnese Seminara - University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
Jay Gottfried - University of Pennsylvania


The bridge between taste and smell, and all that jazz

  • Chair: Monica Dus - University of Michigan

Donald Katz - Brandeis University
Rui He - The University of Chicago
Alfredo Fontanini - Stony Brook University
Monica Dus - University of Michigan
Maria Veldhuizen - Yale University


The impact of neurodegenerative disease on olfactory function

  • Chairs: Claire Murphy - San Diego State University and Daniel Wesson - University of Florida

Ingred Ekstrom - Karolinska Institute
Claire Murphy - San Diego State University
Honglei Chen - Michigan State University
Gabriela Mercado Guerra - Van Andel Research Institute
Bénédicte Ballanger - Lyon Neuroscience Research Center
Kimberley Good - Dalhousie University


The Neural Representation of Stimulus Features in the Rodent Gustatory System

  • Chairs: Alan Spector - Florida State University and Susan Travers - Ohio State University

Susan Travers - Ohio State University
Alan Spector - Florida State University
Stephen Roper - University of Miami
Christian Lemon - University of Oklahoma
Stephanie Staszko - University of Tennessee


TRP channels in sensory systems

  • Chairs: Frank Zufall - Saarland University and Kathryn Medler - University at Buffalo

Kathryn Medler - University at Buffalo
Frank Zufall - Saarland University
Kyuhyung Kim - Daegu Institute of Science and Technology
Elena Gracheva - Yale University


Welcome to the liminal zone: the mechanistic space between sensation and perception

  • Chairs: Thomas Cleland - Cornell University and Lisa Roux - University of Bordeaux

Giancarlo La Camera - Stony Brook University
Thomas Cleland - Cornell University
Christine Linster - Cornell University
Lisa Roux - University of Bordeaux


Wiring the sensory systems

  • Chairs: Jeremy McIntyre - University of Florida and Robin Krimm - University of Louisville

Hojoon Lee - Northwestern University
Pelin Volkan - Duke University
Haruki Takeuchi - University of Tokyo
Kevin Wright - Oregon Health & Science University
Isabelle Caille - Sorbonne University