Matthias Tabert has 15+ years of expertise identifying, connecting, and leading teams of innovators in academic/clinical neuropsychology and sensory/consumer research to drive development of innovative technologies, processes and solutions. In his current role as Strategic Insights Senior Manager within the Fragrance Business Unit at International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), Matthias seeks to advance scent-based innovation.
Matthias completed his doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Mount Sinai Medical Center. At Mount Sanai, Matthias brought together a diverse team of subject matter experts to conduct neuropsychological research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). As part of his dissertation work he investigated the neuropsychological and emotional processing of stroke patients with focal unilateral brain lesions while performing emotional decision and recognition memory tasks in healthy participants. This study was among the first at Mount Sinai to use this technique to probe the neural correlates of emotional/cognitive processing.
Following his graduate studies, Matthias accepted a post-doctoral research fellowship with Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where his research into the relationship between olfaction and health was launched. In this role, he investigated the neural correlates of olfaction in healthy elderly individuals and patients diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment/early Alzheimer’s disease. His research led to an Assistant Professor Position, international presentations, multiple peer-reviewed journal publications, and commercial interactions with experts in the fragrance industry.
Originally based in R&D with a focus on fragrance psychophysics and delivery systems, Matthias is now a Strategic Insights Senior Manager within the Fragrance Business Unit at IFF.
Over the course of his career Matthias has authored 30+ publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters, 60+ invited academic talks, platform sessions and poster presentations.
2017 marks the first year of Matthias Tabert's participation as a judge at The Art and Olfaction Awards. He will be judging the Sadakichi Award for Experimental Work with Scent.