Abstract: Series 110, Lecture 2

The Harvey Lectures Series 110 (2014—2015)

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Lecture #2: Thursday, November 20, 2014 — Watch Video of Lecture

Receptors, Neurons, and Circuits: The Biology of Mammalian Taste

Charles Zuker, PhD

Charles Zuker, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry
Professor of Molecular Biophysics
Professor of Neuroscience
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University

New York, New York

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The taste system is one of our fundamental senses, responsible for detecting and responding to sweet, bitter, umami, salty, and sour stimuli. We study the logic of taste coding as a platform to understand how our brain creates an internal representation of the outside world and transforms sensory signals at the periphery into percepts, actions and complex behaviors.