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Thomas Bozza

Edgar C. Stuntz Distinguished Professor

Ph.D., Tufts University School of Medicine


Regions(s): Brain and Behavior; Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; Neurogenetics

Research interest(s): Neural circuitry underlying olfactory driven behaviors; Mouse molecular genetics; Development of neural circuits

Research Summary

Molecular Genetics and Physiology of Olfaction

Molecular recognition underlies all biological processes. A fundamental question in biology is how systems, from individual proteins to organisms, recognize molecular structure. The vertebrate olfactory system is a remarkable molecular recognition device. Animals can detect odorous chemicals at extremely low concentrations, and can discriminate among an enormous number of structurally diverse molecules. The long-term goal of our work is to understand how the nervous system encodes molecular information, and how neural circuits give rise to learned and innate olfactory-driven behaviors.

Selected Publications

Selected Honors/Awards

  • 2011   Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant
  • 2009   Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant
  • 2008   Visiting Scientist, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus
  • 2007   Whitehall Foundation, Grant in Vertebrate and Invertebrate Neurobiology
  • 2001   Presidential Fellowship, The Rockefeller University
  • 1998   National Research Service Award (NIH-NIDCD)
  • 1997   Tucker Award, International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste, San Diego, CA