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The Chemosensory Systems (CSS) Study Section reviews research on the genetics, molecular biology, anatomy, physiology and psychophysics of chemosensation in animals and humans. The emphasis is on integrative systems approaches to understanding normal sensory function and sensory pathology due to injury or disease. Studies may be applicable to both basic and translational science.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.


  • Chemosensation including olfactory, gustatory and chemesthetic (trigeminal).
  • Olfactory and gustatory systems in the context of traditional cognitive senses, and extend to other types of chemical signaling, such as semiochemicals (pheromones, allomones and kairomones).
  • Chemical sampling outside of the nasal and oral cavities, such as classical taste and olfactory receptors that are expressed in organs and cells, for example, in the gut, kidneys and sperm.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Applications addressing development of chemosensory systems with emphases on cellular differentiation, axonal pathfinding, or synaptic function may be reviewed by Neurogenesis and Cell Fate (NCF), Neurodifferentiation, Plasticity, and Regeneration (NDPR), or Neurotransporters, Receptors, Channels and Calcium Signaling (NTRC).

Applications focused on basic cellular and subcellular properties of chemical signaling, such as ion channels, glial physiology or molecular neurogenetics may be reviewed by NTRC, Synapses, Cytoskeleton and Trafficking (SYN), NCF or Cellular and Molecular Biology of Glia (CMBG).

Applications that focus on neurological or neuropsychiatric disorders that involve changes in chemosensory function, such as olfaction, may be reviewed by Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration (CNN) or Chronic Dysfunction and Integrative Neurodegeneration (CDIN).

Applications addressing mechanisms of integration of chemosensory signals and motor output may be reviewed by Sensorimotor Integration Study Section (SMI) .

Applications with a focus on development of novel molecular genetic technologies to manipulate chemosensory systems may be reviewed by Molecular Neurogenetics (MNG).

Applications proposing to study the structure and genomic organization of genes related to chemosensory function may be reviewed by Genetic Variation and Evolution (GVE).

Applications that propose to target the insect olfactory system for the treatment of insect-borne disease may be reviewed by Vector Biology (VB).

Applications addressing conditioned taste aversion and other forms of learning or motivated behavior involving the chemosensory system may be reviewed by Neurobiology of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Study Section (LAM) or Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior (NMB).