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Beverly Cowart


Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology (Research), Thomas Jefferson University


Ph.D., Psychology; The George Washington University

Research Summary

For most of my scientific career, the overall goal of my research program was to understand chemosensory dysfunction as a disease entity, develop appropriate clinical measures of chemosensory function, identify etiologies of dysfunction, and investigate such issues as the impact of chemosensory dysfunctions on patients, the demographic characteristics of individuals with chemosensory dysfunctions, and the prognoses for chemosensory dysfunctions. This work has naturally fed into and helps to support Monell’s current Anosmia Research and Awareness Initiative. Most recently, I have also become involved in studies of the protective role of extra-oral taste receptors in nasal-sinus disease.


smell, taste, chemical irritation, psychophysics, aging, taste & smell disorders, anosmia

Recent Publications

Adappa, N. D., Truesdale, C. M., Workman, A. D., Doghramji, L., Mansfield, C., Kennedy, D. W, Palmer, J.N., Cowart,B.J., and Cohen,N.A. (2016). Correlation of T2R38 taste phenotype and in vitro biofilm formation from nonpolypoid chronic rhinosinusitis patients. International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, 6, 783-791.

Adappa, N. D., Farquhar, D., Palmer, J. N., Kennedy, D. W., Doghramji, L., Morris, S. A., Owens, D., Mansfield, C., Lysenko, A., Lee, R.J., Cowart, B.J., and Reed, D.R. (2016). TAS2R38 genotype predicts surgical outcome in nonpolypoid chronic rhinosinusitis. International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, 6, 25-33.

Zhao, K.; Dalton, P.; Cowart, B.J.; Pribitkin, E.A. (2014) In Response to Regional peak mucosal cooling predicts the perception of nasal patency. Laryngoscope, 124, E211-212.

Zhao, K.; Jiang, J.; Blacker, K.; Lyman, B.; Dalton, P.; Cowart, B.J.; Pribitkin, E.A. (2014) Regional peak mucosal cooling predicts the perception of nasal patency. Laryngoscope, 124, 589-595.

Zhao, K.; Jiang, J.; Pribitkin, E.A.; Dalton, P.; Rosen, D.; Lyman, B.; Yee, K.K.; Rawson, N.E.; Cowart, B.J. (2014) Conductive olfactory losses in chronic rhinosinusitis? – A computational fluid dynamics study of 29 patients. International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology. (Electronic Citation) doi: 10.1002/alr.21272

Coldwell, S.E.; Mennella, J.A.; Duffy, V.B.; Pelchat, M.L.; Griffith, J.W.; Smutzer, G.; Cowart, B.J.; Breslin, P.A.S.; et al. (2013) Gustation assessment using the NIH Toolbox. Neurology, 80 (SUPP), 1-5.

Rawson, N.E.; Gomez, G.; Cowart, B.J.; Kriete, A.; Pribitkin, E.; Restrepo, D. (2012) Age-associated loss of selectivity in human olfactory sensory neurons. Neurobiology of Aging, 33, 1913-1919.

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.

Cowart, B.J. (2011) Smell and taste in aging. Perfumer and Flavorist, 36.1, 34-36.

Cowart, B.J. (2011) Taste dysfunction: a practical guide for oral medicine. Oral Diseases, 17, 2-6.

Yee, K.K.; Pribitkin, E.A.; Cowart, B.J.; Vainius, A.A.; Klock, C.T.; Rosen, D.; Feng, P.; McLean, J.; Hahn, C.G.; Rawson, N.E. (2010) Neuropathology of the olfactory mucosa in chronic rhinosinusitis. American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy, 24, 110-120.