Dr. Mariana Sponchiado’s first author study published in Cell and Tissue Research details the discovery of a chemosensory-like cell in the porcine uterus. Chemosensory cells act as sentinels for surveying the external environment in epithelial-lined organs. Dr. Sponchiado’s work suggests that the uterus is equipped with these chemosensory cells and that they may play an important role in maintaining uterine health. Further, she demonstrated that the expression pattern and abundance of the presumed chemosensory cells was anatomically and hormonally regulated, suggesting a potential role for pregnancy establishment. Dr. Sponchiado is planning to perform additional studies detailing the functional significance of these cells and their roles in uterine health and disease.