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…

Food Fight: Combating Obesity with Vegetables

For over 30 years, landmark studies from Julie Mennella, Gary Beauchamp, Beverly Cowart and other Monell researchers have provided significant insights into how infants and children form flavor preferences. With broad implications for children’s health, this foundational work is highly…

The Journey From Wow

Monell is a unique organization; the only independent research center in the world studying taste and smell. I first found out about Monell in 2011 while walking my kids through the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival. I was fascinated by smelling…