Craig Montell, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA


Dr. Craig Montell earned his B.A. in Bacteriology from UC Berkeley, his Ph.D. in Microbiology from UCLA, and received postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry at UC Berkeley. He was on the faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for 25 years before moving to the University of California Santa Barbara where he is a Distinguished Professor and Duggan Professor. Dr. Montell's early studies on Drosophila visual transduction led to his identification of TRP channels. He has pioneered the use of Drosophila to identify channels and receptors important in insect taste. Recently, his group has shifted their focus to reveal sensory mechanisms used by the mosquito disease vector, Aedes aegypti, to target humans. Dr. Montell is a Fellow of the AAAS, and has been awarded an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, and honorary doctorate degrees from the Catholic University of Leuven and the Baylor College of Medicine.


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