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Cristina Jaén


Research Associate, Monell Chemical Senses Center

Laboratory of

Dr. Pamela Dalton


Ph.D., Physiology; University of South Florida

Research Summary

My research interests focus on how odorant perception affects human psychological and physiological responses. Many organic volatile compounds can elicit an odorant and irritant response. Olfactory cues such as smoke or rotten food alert us from perils and may produce an anxious reaction. I am interested in understanding how odorant perception affects different subpopulations, e.g. asthmatic subjects (who have respiratory problems) versus non-asthmatic subjects. This research may lead to a better understanding and management of asthma after being exposed to perceived dangerous odorant stimuli.