Category: Research

Dealing with Those Telltale Malodors

By educating physicians about unique properties of the olfactory system, Monell scientist Pamela Dalton seeks to increase understanding of stigmas associated with incontinence Vanilla, honeysuckle, a baby’s head… diesel. When asked to name her favorite smell, Pamela Dalton responds without…

Sensing a Stronger Voice

One might wonder what a speech-language pathologist is doing at the Monell Center, with its half-century of focus on the chemical senses of taste and smell. Well, to Center postdoctoral fellow Carolyn Novaleski, PhD, it makes perfect sense. As a…

Meet the Postdocs, Part 2

Welcome to the second installment of our series on Monell’s extraordinary postdoctoral fellows. We managed to coax another two postdocs out of their labs to speak with us about everything from science to pasta; from improving human health to Mozart.…

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…

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…