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Gary Beauchamp


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


Ph.D., Biopsychology; The University of Chicago

Research Summary

My research interests include: 1) genetics of taste perception; 2) development of human chemosensory perception and preference; 3) genetics and behavior of individual olfactory identity; and 4) adult human flavor perception.


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

Recent Publications

Jiang, P.; Josue, J.; Li, X.; Glaser, D.; Li, W.; Brand, J.G.; Margolskee, R.F.; Reed, D.R.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2012) Major taste loss in carnivorous mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, 95, 875-881.

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, 123-129.

Beauchamp, G.K.; J.A. Mennella. (2011) Flavor perception in human infants: development and functional significance. Digestion, 83.1, 1-6.

Mennella, J.A.; Lukasewycz, L.D.; Griffith, J.W.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2011) Evaluation of a forced-choice, paired-comparison tracking procedure method for determining taste preferences across the lifespan. Chemical Senses, 36.4, 345-55.

Mennella, J.A.; Lukasewycz, L.D.; Castor, S.M.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2011) The timing and duration of a sensitive period in human flavor learning: a randomized trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 93, 1019-24.

Mennella, J.A.; Ventura, A.K.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2011) Differential growth patterns among healthy infants fed protein hydrolysate or cow-milk formulas. Pediatrics, 127.1, 110-18.

Peyrot des Gachons, C.; Beauchamp, G.K.; Stern, R.M.; Koch, K.L.; Breslin, P.A.S. (2011) Bitter taste induces nausea. Current Biology, 21, R247-R248.

Peyrot des Gachons, C.; Uchida, K.; Bryant, B.P.; Shima, A.; Sperry, J.B.; Dankulich-Nagrudny, 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, 31.3, 999-1009.

Field, K.L.; Beauchamp, G.K.; Kimball, B.A.; Mennella, J.A.; Bachmanov, A.A. (2010) Bitter avoidance in guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) and mice (Mus musculus and Peromyscus leucopus). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 124, 455-59.

Kwak, J.; Willse, A.; Preti, G.; Yamazaki, K.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2010) In search of the chemical basis for MHC odourtypes. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B277, 2417-25.