ISOT 2020 SYMPOSIA
Please find the current preliminary program for the ISOT 2020 Virtual Meeting listed below. Note that any aspect of this program is subject to change.

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


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
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

Start Symposia

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
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
Liisa Hämäläinen - 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


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
Stavros Lomvardas - Columbia University
Ami Shah - Northwestern University


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


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
Shaina Short - University of Utah
Jack Feldman - University of California
Noam Sobel - Weizmann 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


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