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Monica Dus

Monica Dus

Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan
Monica Dus is a molecular biologist and neuroscientist expert in the genetics and epigenetics of nutrition. She leads a research lab studying the effects of high sugar diets and nutrients on the brain, with a focus on how nutrients change your genes and create food memories. Dus teaches genetics and epigenetics to hundreds of University of Michigan students every year and empowers the public's understanding of science via speaking engagements, museum workshops, and the How to Science and Neuroepic podcasts.

Can we train our taste buds for health? A neuroscientist explains how genes and diet shape taste

Jun 19, 2023 06:24 am UTC| Health

Have you ever wondered why only hummingbirds sip nectar from feeders? Unlike sparrows, finches and most other birds, hummingbirds can taste sweetness because they carry the genetic instructions necessary to detect sugar...

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Economy

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Politics

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