Gary K. Beauchamp has been Director and President of the Monell Chemical Senses Center since 1990, when he was appointed to succeed the Center’s founder, Morley Kare.
Dr. Beauchamp has been part of Monell for most of the Center’s history. He joined the newly established Center in 1971 as a postdoctoral fellow. Appointed to the faculty in 1973, he attained the rank of Member in 1981.
Considered one of the world’s leading experts on chemosensory science, Dr. Beauchamp serves as a scientific advisor to numerous governmental and private organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Beauchamp maintains an active research program at Monell, exploring varied topics related to taste, olfaction and chemesthesis. Trained as a psychobiologist, his research has contributed to advancements in the fields of developmental psychology, physiological psychology, and perception; he also has made important contributions to the fields of genetics, developmental biology, immunobiology, ethology, and molecular biology.
Dr. Beauchamp graduated from Carleton College in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received his Ph.D. in biopsychology in 1971 from The Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago.
“Monell is about boundless scientific curiosity and the potential of inquiry; it is a creative, collaborative and nurturing place where unique heterogeneity fuels unmatched intellectual productivity.”
GARY BEAUCHAMP, Ph.D., Director