Kazushige Touhara, Ph.D.


Professor in Department of Applied Biological Chemistry

Our research interests include elucidation of molecular mechanisms underlying odorant and pheromone perception in both vertebrate and invertebrate. We identify biologically imporant odorant molecules and pheromones that are utilized in chemical communications within species or between species. To understand how the mouse olfactory system can discriminate thousands of odorants and how mice send socio-sexual information to other individuals by using specific pheromone molecules, we have focused on structural and functional aspects of odorant and pheromone receptors expressed by olfactory and vomeronasal sensory neurons, respectively.