Cailu Lin

Research Associate


Research Associate, Monell Chemical Senses Center


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

Laboratory Of

Dr. Danielle Reed

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

Representative Publications

Hwang LD, Lin C, Gharahkhani P, Cuellar-Partida G, Ong JS, An J, Gordon SD, Zhu G, MacGregor S, Lawlor DA, Breslin PAS, Wright MJ, Martin NG, Reed DR. (2019) New insight into human sweet taste: a genome-wide association study of the perception and intake of sweet substances. Am J Clin Nutr. 109, 1724-1737.

Cailu Lin

Contact Information

(267) 519-4766