About Us

The Monell Center is the world’s only independent, non-profit scientific institute dedicated to interdisciplinary basic research on the senses of taste and smell.

At Monell, world-class scientists are unlocking some of the most fundamental mysteries of what makes us human. How do we use our chemical senses to communicate? What are the cellular underpinnings of taste and smell that contribute to the difference between lifelong health and chronic disease? How do our chemical senses shape human nutrition? Which genes are responsible?

Monell scientists are at the forefront of discovery, exploring the science of taste and smell from multiple perspectives. Our work answers pressing questions about health, behavior, and the environment that we could not even foresee a decade ago.