Category: Research

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…

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…

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…

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…