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Casey Trimmer


Morley R. Kare Postdoctoral Fellow, Monell Chemical Senses Center

Laboratory of

Dr. Joel Mainland


Ph.D., Genetics; Thomas Jefferson University

Research Summary

No two people perceive the olfactory world in exactly the same way, and this perceptual variation occurs, in part, because individuals have unique repertoires of olfactory receptors (ORs) that mediate odor perception. ORs are characterized by both genetic and functional variation, but we have little information regarding how this variation translates to differences in odor perception. Using a combination of high-throughput cell culture techniques and human psychophysics, I aim to establish a link between OR genotype, OR function, and human odor perception. These data will help us predict human odor perception using OR activation patterns and provide crucial insight into how the olfactory system encodes perceptual information.