Steven Munger is director of the Center for Smell and Taste, professor of pharmacology and therapeutics and editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Chemical Senses. In the Munger Lab, they are working to understand how diverse chemosensory transduction mechanisms, including different taste and olfactory receptors, contribute to chemosensory function, impact ingestive and social behaviors, and interact with hormonal systems that regulate metabolism, nutrient response and homeostasis.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Smell and Taste Disorders
Media Appearances (1)
Why lost sense of smell from COVID-19 is a serious threat to patients' quality of life
USA Today online
One of the most common, yet remarkable, symptoms of COVID-19 is the sudden loss of smell. Roses are no longer fragrant. Coffee tastes like bitter water, bread like cardboard. You don’t notice the burning roast until the kitchen fills with smoke. Although most patients recover their ability to smell in days or weeks, for a significant number of people this loss may be long-term, or even permanent. Unfortunately, we currently lack effective therapies, let alone cures, for smell disorders.
More Than Smell—COVID-19 Is Associated With Severe Impairment of Smell, Taste, and ChemesthesisChemical Senses
Valentina Parma, et al.
Recent anecdotal and scientific reports have provided evidence of a link between COVID-19 and chemosensory impairments, such as anosmia. However, these reports have downplayed or failed to distinguish potential effects on taste, ignored chemesthesis, and generally lacked quantitative measurements.
Olfactory subsystems associated with the necklace glomeruli in rodentsCell and Tissue Research
Arthur D. Zimmerman and Steven D. Munger
The necklace glomeruli are a loosely defined group of glomeruli encircling the caudal main olfactory bulb in rodents. Initially defined by the expression of various immunohistochemical markers, they are now better understood in the context of the specialized chemosensory neurons of the main olfactory epithelium and Grueneberg ganglion that innervate them.
Recent Smell Loss Is the Best Predictor of COVID-19 Among Individuals With Recent Respiratory SymptomsChemical Senses
Richard C. Gerkin, et al.
In a preregistered, cross-sectional study, we investigated whether olfactory loss is a reliable predictor of COVID-19 using a crowdsourced questionnaire in 23 languages to assess symptoms in individuals self-reporting recent respiratory illness. We quantified changes in chemosensory abilities during the course of the respiratory illness using 0-100 visual analog scales (VAS) for participants reporting a positive (C19+; n = 4148) or negative (C19-; n = 546) COVID-19 laboratory test outcome.