Jay Gottfried, a neuroscientist who studies how the brain translates perception into smells, will join the University faculty as the 18th Penn Integrates Knowledge professor, according to an announcement by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.
The PIK program, launched by Gutmann in 2005, recruits faculty with expertise across disciplines to teach at Penn. PIK professors must have appointments in at least two University schools.
"I’m thrilled to be joining Penn as the 18th PIK University Professor," Gottfried said. "A wonderful aspect of the PIK Program is that it offers unique opportunities to build upon the research excellence across the many schools and departments at Penn."
Once he arrives at Penn on July 1, 2017, from his current post at Northwestern University, Gottfried will have joint faculty appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Department of Psychologychanged from Psychology department. His appointment at Penn marks a return of sorts to Philadelphia, where he previously held a neurologylowercase residency from 1998 to 2001, according to a statement released by the University.
“Jay Gottfried is a pioneer in research that is unlocking mysteries of our sense of smell," Gutmann said in the statement. "His pathbreaking work already has brought important new insights into the neuroscience of smell by taking a boldly interdisciplinary approach to understand the broad range of physical and psychological dimensions of the phenomenon."
Gottfried said he looks forward to continuing his work to highlight the "importance of odors on critical aspects of human behavior and brain function."
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