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Cailu Lin


Research Associate, Monell Chemical Senses Center

Laboratory of

Dr. Danielle Reed


Ph.D., Animal Genetics; Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Uniersity of Bonn, Germany

Research Summary

My research focuses on the genetic analysis of complex traits, such as taste perception and obesity in mice and humans. The objective of these studies is to identify the chromosomal locations of the genes associated with these quantitative trait phenotypes. The ultimate goal of my studies is to identify genes that are involved in taste perception, alcohol consumption, and obesity. To achieve this goal, I study genotype-phenotype associations in humans, breed and analyze various consomic and congenic mouse strains, and use a combination of physiological, molecular, and quantitative genetic approaches.


taste, alcohol consumption, obesity, genetics

Recent Publications

Bachmanov, A.A.; Bosak, N.P.; Lin, C.; Matsumoto, I.; Ohmoto, M.; Reed, D.R.; Nelson, T.M. (2014) Genetics of taste receptors. Current Pharmaceutical Design, 20, 2669-2683.

Lin, C.; Theodorides, M.L.; McDaniel, A.H.; Tordoff, M.G.; Zhang, Q.; Li, X.; Bosak, N.; Bachmanov, A.A.; Reed, D.R. (2013) QTL analysis of dietary obesity in C57BL/6ByJ x 129P3/J F2 mice: Diet- and sex-dependent effects. PLoS ONE, 8, e68776.

Bachmanov, A.A.; Bosak, N.; Floriano, W.B.; Inoue, M.; Li, X.; Lin, C.; Murovets, V.O.; Reed, D.R.; Zolotarev, V.A.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2011) Genetics of sweet taste preferences. Flavour and Fragrance Journal, 26, 286–294.