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May Cheung


Postdoctoral Fellow, Monell Chemical Senses Center

Laboratory of

Dr. Gary Beauchamp
Dr. Paul Wise


Ph.D., Nutrition Sciences, Drexel University

Research Summary

My research interest is to understand the interplay between taste preferences, energy metabolism and obesity in humans. Overconsumption of high-caloric, low-micronutrient foods can lead to dysregulation of energy-regulating hormones, contributing to obesity and related chronic diseases. Food choices are strongly influenced by hedonic responses to preferred foods. Therefore, taste preferences play an important role in forming a healthy dietary pattern. Furthermore, emerging evidence suggests that increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can lead to lower concentrations of protein and minerals in crops, further contributing to the obesity/malnutrition paradox. My goal is to explore the feasibility of taste adaptation to sustainable, nutrient-dense novel foods and subsequent health effects in humans.


nutrition, obesity, micronutrients, endocrinology, psychophysics, taste, climate change

Recent Publications

Cheung M, Rosemary D, Ramadoss RK, Aljahdali A, Volpe S, Shewokis P, Sukumar D. (2019) Low dietary magnesium intake alters vitamin D-parathyroid hormone relationship in adults who are overweight or obese. Nutrition Research. 69, 82-93. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2019.08.003.

Lotito A, Teramoto M, Cheung M, Becker KB, Sukumar, D. (2017) Serum Parathyroid hormone responses to vitamin D supplementation in overweight-obese adults: A Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Nutrients. 9, 241. doi: 10.3390/nu9030241

Sukumar D, Becker KB, Cheung M, Diamond S, Duszak R, Aljahdali A, Volpe SL, Nasser JA. (2018) Can Bone Regulating Hormones and Nutrients Help Characterize the Metabolically Health Obese Phenotype. Nutrition and Health. 24, 153-162. doi: 10.1177/0260106018777336