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.…

Dreaming of Smells

Dreams are the seedlings of realities – James Allen. Most people say they don’t experience smells in their dreams, but Monell’s Joel Mainland is not like most people. Over the past two years, Mainland has spent a fair bit of…

From Lab to License: Tech Transfer in Action

Monell’s mission is to advance scientific knowledge about taste and smell to benefit human health and well-being. We often talk about our researchers’ lab-based discoveries, but our mission clearly states that it’s not enough to simply learn something new. We…

Taste and Smell Quiz 2016!

Last year’s quiz was just a warm up! Be warned – this year’s questions are harder, so you may want to read our 2015-2016 Annual Report before you tackle it… Challenge your friends to test their knowledge, too! Use this…