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Tatjana Abaffy

Assistant Research Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
254A CARL Bldg, 213 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27710


Our studies focus on the mechanisms of chemo-sensation, especially the function of olfactory receptors and their interaction with the ligand. We are also interested in the olfactory receptor's function outside the olfactory system, and in particular, their role in various human pathologies. The key questions are which agonists/metabolites activate these ectopic receptors, what types of non-neuronal responses are evoked by their activation, and how we can design novel agonists and antagonists. Future projects will also aim at a better understanding of olfactory receptor regulation by sex-steroid hormones.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Research Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology · 2016 - Present Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Basic Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2016 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Auckland (New Zealand) · 2000 Ph.D.