Steven D Munger, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Center for Smell and Taste; Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Florida

Odors, pheromones and taste stimuli contain important information about the quality and nutrient content of food, the suitability of mates, and the presence of predators or competitors. To detect these diverse chemical cues animals employ several distinct populations of chemosensory cells in the nose, mouth and gut, each of which expresses specialized receptors, channels and transduction cascades, though the physiological consequences of this molecular diversity remain poorly understood. In our lab we are working to understand how diverse chemosensory transduction mechanisms, including different taste and olfactory receptors, contribute to chemosensory function, impact ingestive and social behaviors, and interact with hormonal systems that regulate metabolism, nutrient response and homeostasis.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Professor, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Florida
  • –present
    Associate Director, Center for Smell and Taste , University of Florida
  • 2010–2014
    Professor, Universit of Maryland, Baltimore
  • 2006–2010
    Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • 2000–2006
    Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • 1996–2000
    Postdoctoral associate, HHMI, Johns Hopkins University

Education

  • 1997 
    University of Florida, Ph.D. - Neuroscience
  • 1989 
    University of Virginia, B.A. - Biology

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Chemoreception Sciences

Honours

2003 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2007 Ajinomoto Award for Young Investigators in Gustation