A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Ivan de Araújo received his BA (Philosophy) and MA (Mathematics) degrees from the University of Brasilia. He performed additional graduate work at the University of Edinburgh, where he studied neural network models of hippocampal function. In 2003 he completed his doctorate in the laboratory of Edmund T. Rolls at Oxford University, where he studied human brain representations of taste-odor combinations, fat perception, and thirst. In 2004 he began post-doctoral work in with Sid Simon and Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University, where he studied the responses of neuronal populations to changes in physiological state in both rats and mice. He joined the faculty of Yale University in 2007, where he is now an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Cellular & Molecular Physiology; as well as a Fellow of the John B. Pierce Laboratory. He has done fundamental work on the connection between sweet taste and the brain’s reward system and the neural circuits that control hunting behavior. Dr. de Araújo is a past recipient of the Young Investigator in Gustation Award from the Association for Chemoreception Sciences.