UFCST invites Dr. Marco Tizzano to give research seminar entitled “Solitary Chemosensory Cells are Immune Sentinels for Bacterial Infection and Mucosal Irritants.” Tizzano is an Assistant Member at the Monell Chemical Senses Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Chemical irritation of the airways and other mucosae is my main focus. I study solitary chemosensory cells (SCCs), a specialized chemosensitive nasal epithelial sentinel cell type innervated by the trigeminal nerve, which responds to bitter compounds, irritants, and bacterial metabolites. When activated, SCCs trigger protective reflexes and inflammatory/immune responses.
The seminar will begin at 10:30AM on Tuesday, Nov 12th in room R5-265 located on the second floor of the Academic Research Building. Directions to the seminar are available below, and a full list of planned UFCST Seminar speakers for the 2019-20 academic year can be found on the Center’s website.