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Seminar Talk by Dr. Andreas Keller-Sep 8, (Friday )
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Speaker:  Andreas Keller , PhD
                   independent consultant           
Time : 2:30-3:30 pm , Sep 8,  (Friday )
Venue: Room 258, SIBS Main Building, Yueyang Road 320
Host:Prof. Sijia Wang
            CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology   
 Title:  Genetics of Olfactory Perception

Biography
Andreas Keller earned a PhD in Neurogenetics at the University of Wuerzburg (Germany) in the lab of Martin Heisenberg and a PhD in Philosophy at the City University of New York under the supervision of Jesse Prinz. From 2002 to 2016 he worked at the Rockefeller University in New York in Leslie Vosshall's lab, where he established The Rockefeller University Smell Study, a research project probing the mechanisms of human olfactory perception. He is the author of Philosophy of Olfactory Perception as well as of numerous scientific papers in journals such as Science and Nature. Since 2016 he has been working as an independent consultant for the flavor and fragrance industry.
 
Genetics of Olfactory Perception
There is enormous genetic inter-individual variability in the hundreds of odorant receptor genes in the human genome. Through psychophysical experiments with genotyped subjects, I have revealed the phenotypical consequences of this variability and helped shed light on how smells are encoded by the human olfactory system. The best-understood example is the connection between variability in the OR7D4 gene and differences in the ability to perceive the odorous steroid androstadienone.