Holly is a PhD student at the University of Manchester, bringing together analytical chemistry and microbiology to decode the smell of disease. Currently, she is exploring how small compounds detected on the skin surface can be an indicator of infection.
The scent of infection: how smells can help us spot disease
The smell of freshly mown grass. The sweet aroma of roses. The tang of a rubbish bin on a hot summer’s day. Scents are part of the backdrop of everyday life – but research is hoping they could be used to detect diseases.