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Patrick Millet

Affiliations

Postdoctoral Fellow, Monell Chemical Senses Center

Laboratory of

Dr. Gary Beauchamp
Dr. Bruce Kimball

Education

Ph.D., Molecular Genetics and Genomics; Wake Forest University

Research Summary

Many species can communicate their health status through odor. These disease-related odors can carry vital information to other members of that species, such as which individuals should be avoided to prevent the spread of disease. Recent research demonstrates that different immune stimuli can produce distinct disease-related odortypes. My work at the Monell Center will explore the molecular mechanisms behind these odortypes. I will be using both Y-maze trained mice and molecular biology techniques to determine the immune and metabolic pathways responsible for these odortypes, with the goal of tying specific immune stimuli to profiles of volatile metabolites. My hope is that this research will lead to new ways of diagnosing disease using volatile metabolites found in body odor.

Keywords

Inflammation, metabolism, cytokines, disease-related odortype, volatile metabolites