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NIDCD Grantee Wins Presidential Early Career Award

Alfredo Fontanini, M.D., Ph.D. 
Dr. Fontanini is a recipient of the PECASE Award,
the highest honor by the U.S. government to young
scientists and engineers.
Credit: Photo courtesy of Dr. Fontanini.

NIDCD grantee Alfredo Fontanini, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y., received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), as announced by President Obama last November.

Dr. Fontanini's research focuses on how the processing and perception of taste is affected by prior experiences and emotions. He studies neuron activity in sensory and emotional areas of the rodent brain, trying to understand how much of taste sensation is predetermined by expectation and what part is due to the actual stimulus. His research may help us better understand the neural basis behind food preferences and selection choices, in addition to understanding the role expectation plays in addictions and mood disorders.

The PECASE Award is the highest honor by the U.S. government to young scientists and engineers. Read more on the NIDCD website.