Gary Beauchamp



Distinguished Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Emeritus Director and President, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Adjunct Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Ph.D., Biopsychology; The University of Chicago
BA, Biology; Carleton College

Research Summary

My research interests include: 1) chemical communication in animals; 2) genetics and comparative biology of taste and smell perception; 3) development and modification of human chemosensory perception and preference; 4) sweet and salty taste; 5) chemical irritation (chemesthesis) and human health with special emphasis on oleocanthal.


salt, sweet, umami, acceptance, genetics, odortype, MHC, food choice, development, oleocanthal

Representative Publications

Beauchamp, G.K. (2016). Why do we like sweet taste: A bitter tale? Physiology & Behavior, 162: 432-437.

Bachmanov, A.A., Bosal, N.P., Glendinning, J.I., Inoue, M., Li, X., Manita, S., McCaughey, S.A., Murata, Y., Reed, D.R., Tordoff, M.G. & Beauchamp, G.K. (2016). Genetics of amino acid taste and appetite. Advances in Nutrition 7 (Suppl), 806S-822S.

Kimball, B.A., Cohen, A., Gordon, A.R., Opiekun, M., Martin, T., Elkind, J., Lundstrom, J.N. & Beauchamp, G.K. (2016) Brain injury alters volatile body odors. Chemical Senses, 41: 407-414.

Wise, P.M., Nattress, L., Flammer, L.J. & Beauchamp, G.K. (2016). Reduced dietary intake of simple sugars alters perceived sweet taste intensity but not perceived pleasantness. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 103: 50-60.

Lei, W., Ravoninjohary, A., Li, X., Margolskee, R.F., Reed, D.R., Beauchamp, G.K. & Jiang, P. (2015). Comparison of functional bitter receptor genes in the domestic cat (Felis catus) suggest habitat and diet may shape taste receptor number in Carnivora. PLOS ONE, DOI:10.1371.

Gary Beauchamp

Contact Information

(267) 519-4695
(215) 898-8878