Seminar: "Scents of Danger - What Infections Teach Us About Olfactory Immunity"
Ashley Moseman, Assistant Professor at the Duke University Immunology Department, will speak on olfactory immunity. We often think of the upper airway as a respiratory surface that routes air into the lungs, but that’s forgetting the importance of smell! The olfactory mucosa lining the nasal turbinates is primarily for chemosensation, but is also a barrier tissue that airway pathogens, including SARS-CoV2, can penetrate (know anyone who lost their sense of smell with COVID?) Our lab is interested in understanding the unique immunological considerations that regulate olfactory immunity against pathogens and how these play critical roles in protecting not just the airway but also the brain.