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Smija Kurian


Postdoctoral Fellow, Monell Chemical Senses Center

Laboratory of

Dr. Ichiro Matsumoto


Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, The University of Manchester

Research Summary

Taste receptor cells for umami, sweet, bitter, sour, and salty have individual molecular markers that differentiate their functional modalities, and their diversity underlies the coding mechanism of taste at the periphery. I study the molecular mechanisms that functionalize individual taste receptor cells.


taste, cell and molecular biology, transcriptomics, in situ hybridization, behavioral analysis, microscopy