Linda Buck, Ph.D.


Linda Buck, Ph.D.

Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Fax: 206.667.1031
Mail Stop: A3-020

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.

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Affiliate Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington


Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

“One of the things I love about doing science, it's really puzzle solving.”

— Dr. Linda Buck

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Dr. Buck in the News

A year of research dominated by the coronavirus

Hutch News - December 21, 2020

Connect-seq: A new neuron detective around the block

Science Spotlight - April 20, 2020

A new guidebook to the brain

Hutch News - March 10, 2020

TAARs receive mixed signals from odorants

Science Spotlight - July 18, 2016

AmPir as a Cape Fear for mice

Science Spotlight - May 16, 2016

For the Media

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