Randall Reed Laboratory

  • The Randall Reed Laboratory uses biochemical and molecular genetic techniques to examine the mechanisms underlying development in the olfactory system, as well as the processes responsible for odorant detection. These studies have revealed an important role for genetic specialization in the olfactory system. One major focus of our laboratory is to characterize the cells responsible for ongoing neurogenesis in the olfactory epithelium. A second major effort focuses on the mechanisms that determine the patterns of expression of individual odorant receptor genes within the epithelium and the mechanisms that control the pathways and eventual target cells chosen by those receptor neurons.

    Research Areas: biochemistry, neurons, genomics, molecular neurobiology, olfactory system, signal transduction, odorant detection