D. Matt Wachowiak, PhD, is a Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy at The University of Utah
The Wachowiak Lab's research centers on understanding the basic principles of olfactory function. The team studies how the nervous system encodes odor information and how the brain processes this information. Optical imaging is used as a primary tool to directly visualize neural activity as an animal smells an odor and also to investigate how neurons process olfactory information. Activity is imaged in the earliest stages of the olfactory pathway - among olfactory receptor neurons, which detect odorants, and neurons in the olfactory bulb, the first stage of olfactory processing in the brain.