Chemosensory biology represents a combination of research areas that span molecular, chemical and sensory biology. The main objective of the chemosensory biology research group is to bring together researchers in Manitoba with common interests in studying human chemical senses.
Chemical biology emerged as new discipline in 1960s with the pioneering work of Nobel
laureate Dr. H.G. Khorana, whose work led to the discovery of the genetic code. In 1972, Dr.
Khorana described the first chemical synthesis of a functional gene in the laboratory; this
landmark achievement set the pace for the field of chemical and molecular biology. In 2001, the sequencing of the human genome identified a number of proteins on a human cell that mediate signaling in response to various external chemical stimuli. In the past decade the field of chemosensory biology made rapid progress with the discovery of novel molecules that can alter or modify human chemical senses. The aim of this group is to bring together researchers in Manitoba who work in diverse areas of chemosensory biology. The formation of the group will allow better communication within this group of researchers, to share resources, work together, and to apply for team grants. It is anticipated that this group would stimulate national and international collaborations with academia and other stakeholders.