At the Monell Center, scientists from many disciplines work together to focus on understanding the mechanisms and functions of taste and smell and define the broad significance of these senses in human health and disease. Monell is the world’s only independent, non-profit scientific institute dedicated to basic research on taste and smell.

Gum images from publication

Guardians of
the Gums

Monell researchers find that chemical-sensing cells in the gums, with help from bitter taste receptors, protect the mouth from infection.
Learn more here.



The Identifying Treatments for Taste and Smell Disorders (ITTSD) conference brought together scientists, physicians, and patients to learn from each other.
Read more about Monell’s anosmia program.

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Young Researchers at Monell


Support for basic research allows Monell to provide the knowledge needed to understand and improve public health and quality of life.