Featuring the 50th

2018 marks the Monell Center’s 50th anniversary, and we are proudly celebrating our storied history of sensory discoveries! Below are some of the highlights from this milestone year.   Regilding of Face Fragment (Summer 2017) Befitting our golden anniversary, we…

Changing Taste

Knowing how taste cells regenerate opens doors to improving nutritional health Imagine a day when taste cells, once lost, can be restored. Cancer patients who, post treatment, no longer enjoy the pleasure of taste could again savor food, as could…

Meet the Postdocs!

In the first of a series on Monell’s hard-working postdoctoral fellows, we managed to pull two young scientists from their labs long enough to talk with us about their research, life at Monell, and how they’re enjoying their time in…

Researching Smell, From Someone Who Can’t

Daniel Schein was born without a sense of smell, a condition known as “congenital anosmia.” Wanting to learn more about anosmia, he spent the last two summers researching olfaction as a volunteer in Johannes Reisert’s lab. We asked Daniel, currently…

Yali Zhang Flies in to Monell

Monell’s newest faculty member studies fruit flies to gain insight into how oral perception impacts human feeding behavior and nutrition-related disease If Monell’s founder Dr. Morley Kare were a fly on the wall of Yali Zhang’s laboratory, he’d be smiling…

Celebrating Face Fragment

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, the Monell Center officially rededicated Face Fragment, the sculpture that lives outside our main building on Market Street. It was an opportunity to celebrate the statue’s recent restoration (check out photos and more info here)…

2017 Taste & Smell Quiz!

We’re back with another round of questions to challenge your taste and smell knowledge! Fair warning: You may want to read our 2016-2017 Annual Report before you attempt this quiz… Look for this symbol throughout the 2016-2017 Annual Report for…

An Excellent Fit: Luis Saraiva Joins Monell

Luis Saraiva, Monell’s newest adjunct faculty member, practically personifies the Center’s multidisciplinary spirit. His expertise extends across an impressive array of scientific fields, including microbiology, neurophysiology, animal behavior, neurobiology, and genetics. Now he brings skills from each of these areas…

A Glowing Gold Face for our Golden Anniversary

Next year, Monell will celebrate its “golden” anniversary, marking 50 years since we were founded in 1968. Ahead of this milestone, we recently celebrated another “golden” event – the statue standing outside our main entrance had its gold finish restored.…