CJ "Jake" Saunders, PhD

I am a Neuroscientist at Wake Forest University

Tom Finger, me and Sue Kinnamon.
Silver Lab (Paige Richards, Wayne Silver, me and Hessamedin Alimohammadi) at my masters' hooding.


I am a Research Assistant Professor in the lab of Erik Johnson at Wake Forest University in the Department of Biology. Currently, I conduct research on the non-canonical expression of chemosensory receptors in a variety of invertebrate model systems. This research is a natural extension of my interest in the sensory systems that are responsible for detecting noxious chemical stimuli or chemesthesis.

What is Chemesthesis?

I have had a lifelong interest in science but my interest in chemesthesis began as an undergraduate when I saw a presentation on trigeminal chemesthesis by Wayne Silver. I was so captivated by the subject I contacted him about pursuing a masters in his lab at Wake Forest University. After receiving my M.S. in Biology, I joined the lab of Tom Finger at the Rocky Mountain Taste and Smell Center and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where I completed my Ph.D. in Neuroscience.