Computational Biology
Computational Biology
Modern scientific research has yielded massive amounts of data—but few good ways to understand the information. We are developing mathematical and analytical frameworks to uncover new connections in biological systems.

A mathematical model reveals a map for odors from the natural environment

Associate Professor Tatyana Sharpee, first author Yuansheng Zhou and collaborators have discovered a new way to organize odor molecules based on how often they occur together in nature. They mapped this data to discover regions of odor combinations humans find most pleasurable. The findings open new avenues for engineering smells and tastes.

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