Monell Mouse Taste
Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Ph.D., Physiological Psychology; University of California, Los Angeles
My research interests are broadly focused on taste and nutrition. One area involves topics related to mineral appetite, including calcium taste and appetite, the physiology of salt intake, appetite specificity, and how the postingestive consequences of minerals influence taste preferences. Another area involves the genetics of taste perception, including the preferences for alcohol, sweetness, saltiness and calcium. A third area involves characterizing the environmental contribution to individual differences, particularly the influences of early environment, husbandry procedures, and food choice on taste preferences and dietary obesity.Detailed description of research program
specific appetite, calcium, taste genetics, ingestive behavior, obesity
Tordoff, M.G.; Alarcón, L.K.; Valmeki, S.; Jiang, P. (2012) T1R3: A human calcium taste receptor. Scientific Reports, 2, 496.
Tordoff, M.G.; Jaji, S.A.; Marks, J.M.; Ellis, H.T. (2012) Macronutrient choice of BTBR.NZW mice congenic for a 21-gene region of chromosome 17. Physiology & Behavior, 106, 556-561.
Cherukuri, C.M.; McCaughey, S.A.; Tordoff, M.G. (2011) Comparison of differences between PWD/PhJ and C57BL/6J mice in calcium solution preferences and chorda tympani nerve responses. Physiology & Behavior, 102, 496-502.
Tordoff, M.G. (2010) Taste solution consumption by FHH-Chr nBN consomic rats. Chemical Senses, 35, 473-489.
Bachmanov, A.A.; Inoue, M.; Ji, H.; Murata, Y.; Tordoff, M.G.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2009) Glutamate taste and appetite in laboratory mice: physiologic and genetic analyses. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90.3, 756S-63S.
De Jonghe, B.C.; Lawler, M.P.; Horn, C.C.; Tordoff, M. G. (2009) Pica as an adaptive response: Kaolin consumption helps rats recover from chemotherapy-induced illness. Physiology & Behavior, 97.1, 87-90.
Tordoff, M.G.; Sandell, M. A. (2009) Vegetable bitterness is related to calcium content. Appetite, 52.2, 498-504.
Guenthner, C.J.; McCaughey, S.A.; Tordoff, M.G.; Baird, J.P. (2008) Licking for taste solutions by potassium-deprived rats: Specificity and mechanisms. BMC Genetics, 93, 937-46.
Reed, D.R.; Lawler, M.P.; Tordoff, M.G. (2008) Reduced body weight is a common effect of gene knockout. BMC Genetics, 9.4.
Tordoff, M.G.; Shao, H.; Alarcón, L.K.; Margolskee, R.F.; Mosinger, B.; Bachmanov, A.A.; Reed, D.R.; McCaughey, S.A. (2008) Involvement of T1R3 in calcium-magnesium taste.Physiological Genomics, 34.3, 338-48.
Tordoff, M.G. (2008) Gene discovery and the genetic basis of calcium consumption. Physiology & Behavior, 94, 649-59.