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Research Interests

Research Expertise. I am an expert on the biology of the olfactory sensory neurons and the odorant receptors (ORs) they express. My passion for investigating olfaction began as a graduate student working on motivation of adaptive behaviors in natural environments when I chose to investigate a behavior triggered by odor cues. I became intrigued by questions of how animals detect and discriminate odors. These questions continue to motivate my research efforts. I enjoy benchwork and continue to perform experiments, in part because it is a wonderfully creative endeavor. I have a long history of technological innovation, the latest being the invention of the Kentucky assay to simultaneously measure the in vivo function of all 1,100 ORs and 14 trace amine-associated receptors in freely behaving mice. To investigate such a large family of genes and the molecular biology of the neurons that express them I developed expertise in genomics that has led to collaborations on projects investigating the physiology of several organ systems and diseases, including Alzheimer’s Disease. They are welcome opportunities to take new translational directions, which are rare in the field of olfactory biology. 

Courses Taught

Education and Service. In addition to my research efforts, I have been an innovator in education and training, developing 5 new courses and implementing active learning approaches. Current teaching assignments include:

IBS 603 Cell Biology & Signaling (3 credits)

IBS 608 Genomics & Bioinformatics Tools (Course Director; 2 credits)

PGY 502 Systems, Cellular, and Molecular Physiology

PGY 602 Readings in Systems, Cellular, and Molecular Physiology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Post Doctoral Fellow, Yale University

1992

Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Florida

1989

Master of Science, Florida State University

1984

Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University

1982

External positions

President, International Society of Neurogastronomy

2020 → …

President, Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS)

20112012

Executive Editor, Chemical Senses

2008 → …

Chairman, Society for Neuroscience

20062008

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