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Dr. Charles Zuker

Dr. Charles Zuker

Dr. Charles Zuker has made significant contributions to three major sensory transduction systems - vision, mechanosensation and taste. His lab has used molecular, genetic, and physiological approaches to investigate the biology of sensory transduction mechanisms in photoreceptors, mechanoreceptors, and taste receptors. His work on mammalian taste has transformed our understanding of taste-from the identification and function of taste receptors and taste receptor cells to the logic of taste coding; from the demonstration of labeled lines at the periphery to the central representation of taste qualities in the mammalian cortex. Dr. Zuker is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and of Neuroscience at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a Senior fellow at the Janelia Farm Research Campus. Dr. Zuker is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.