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Gary Beauchamp


Distinguished Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Emeritus Director and President, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Adjunct Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Ph.D., Biopsychology; The University of Chicago

Research Summary

My research interests include: 1) chemical communication in animals; 2) genetics and comparative biology of taste and smell perception; 3) development and modification of human chemosensory perception and preference; 4) sweet and salty taste; 5) chemical irritation (chemesthesis) and human health with special emphasis on oleocanthal.


salt, sweet, umami, acceptance, genetics, odortype, MHC, food choice, development, oleocanthal

Recent Publications

Beauchamp, G.K. (2016). Why do we like sweet taste: A bitter tale? Physiology & Behavior, 162: 432-437.

Bachmanov, A.A., Bosal, N.P., Glendinning, J.I., Inoue, M., Li, X., Manita, S., McCaughey, S.A., Murata, Y., Reed, D.R., Tordoff, M.G. & Beauchamp, G.K. (2016). Genetics of amino acid taste and appetite. Advances in Nutrition 7 (Suppl), 806S-822S.

Kimball, B.A., Cohen, A., Gordon, A.R., Opiekun, M., Martin, T., Elkind, J., Lundstrom, J.N. & Beauchamp, G.K. (2016) Brain injury alters volatile body odors. Chemical Senses, 41: 407-414.

Wise, P.M., Nattress, L., Flammer, L.J. & Beauchamp, G.K. (2016). Reduced dietary intake of simple sugars alters perceived sweet taste intensity but not perceived pleasantness. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 103: 50-60.

Lei, W., Ravoninjohary, A., Li, X., Margolskee, R.F., Reed, D.R., Beauchamp, G.K. & Jiang, P. (2015). Comparison of functional bitter receptor genes in the domestic cat (Felis catus) suggest habitat and diet may shape taste receptor number in Carnivora. PLOS ONE, DOI:10.1371.

Jiang, P., Josue-Almqvist, J., Jin, X., Li, X., Brand, J.G., Margolskee, R.F., Reed, D.R. and Beauchamp, G.K. (2014). The bamboo-eating giant panda (Ailuropods melanoleuca) has a sweet tooth: Behavioral and molecular responses to compounds that taste sweet to humans. PLOS ONE, 9(3): e93043.

Jiang, P. and Beauchamp, G.K. (2014). Commentary: Sensing nectar’s sweetness.  Science, 345: 878-879.

Kimball, B.A., Opiekun, M. Yamazaki, K. and Beauchamp, G.K. (2014). Immunization alters body odor. Physiology & Behavior, 128: 80-85.

Alonso-Alonso, M., Woods, S.C., Pelchat, M., Grigson, P.S., Stice, E., Farooqi, S., Khoo, C.S., Mattes, R.D. & Beauchamp, G.K. (2014). Food reward system: Current perspectives and future research needs. Nutrition Reviews, 73, 296-307.

DeSimone, J.A., Beauchamp, G.K., Drewnowski, A. and Johnson, G.H. (2013). Sodium in the food supply: challenges and opportunities. Nutrition Reviews, 71, 52-59.

Kimball, B.A., Yamazaki, K., Kohler, D., Bowen, R.A., Muth, J.P., Opiekun, M. and Beauchamp, G.K. (2013). Avian influenza infection alters fecal odor in mallards. PLOS ONE, 8(10): e75411.

Ventura, A.K., Beauchamp, G.K. and Mennella, J.A. (2012). Infant regulation of intake: the effect of free glutamate content in infant formulas. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 95(4): 875-881.

Jiang, P., Josue, J., Li, X, Glaser, D., Li. W., Brand, J.G. Margolskee, R.F., Reed, D. R. and Beauchamp, G.K. (2012). Major taste loss in carnivorous mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(13): 4956-4961.

Stein, L.J., Cowart, B.J. & Beauchamp, G.K. (2012). The development of salty taste acceptance is related to dietary experience in human infants: a prospective study.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 95(1):123-129 doi: 10.3945/ajcn.111.014282.

Peyrot des Gachons, C., Uchida, K., Bryant, B.P., Shima, A., Sperry, J.B., Dankulich-Nargrudny, L., Tominaga, M., Smith, A.B.III, Beauchamp, G.K. & Breslin, P.A.S. (2011). Unusual pungency from extra-virgin olive oil is attributable to restricted spatial expression of the receptor of oleocanthal. Journal of Neuroscience, 31: 999-1009.