Dr. Linda Barlow received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley, a PhD in Zoology from the University of Washington in 1991, and postdoctoral training at UC San Diego in Neuroscience. In 1997, she joined the faculty at the University of Denver as an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences. In 2001, she moved to the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she is currently a tenured Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, and a principal member of the Rocky Mountain Taste and Smell Center. Presently, she and her lab are using molecular genetic mouse models to understand how taste buds first develop in embryos, and how in adults, taste bud cells are continually regenerated. Most recently, her group has become interested in cancer therapies that cause taste disturbance in patients, and are using mouse and organoid models to uncover how taste cells renewal is perturbed by specific cancer drugs. Dr. Barlow has been an active member in the Chemical Senses community, and has served the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS) in a host of positions over the years. Most recently, she has been elected to be next President of AChemS. Her efforts in taste research have been recognized by the Ajinomoto Company (Ajinomoto Award in Gustation), as well as by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders; she received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Bill Clinton.