Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Dr. Linda Buck studies the sense of smell. In 2004, she received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, shared by Dr. Richard Axel, for discovering hundreds of receptors for odors in the nose and uncovering how information from those receptors is organized in the nose and then the brain. Dr. Buck found that these receptors are used in a combinatorial fashion to detect different odors and encode their unique identities and scents. Her lab continues to unravel networks of neurons responsible for the sense of smell as well as odor effects on stress and appetite, two areas important for human health.
Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington
Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
— Dr. Linda Buck
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