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Gary Beauchamp


Director & 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.