May Cheung

Postdoctoral Fellow


Postdoctoral Fellow, Monell Chemical Senses Center


Ph.D., Nutrition Sciences, Drexel University

Laboratory Of

Dr. Danielle Reed
Dr. Paul Wise

Research Summary

My research interest is in understanding how taste preferences can affect nutritional health. Consuming too many empty calories can lead to diet-related chronic diseases, but it could be difficult for some people to make changes in their diets because of the pleasure derived from foods. In particular, the overconsumption of sugar is a major public health concern. I am interested in understanding how individual differences in sweet preferences are related to diet quality. As a part of this effort, I am developing an easy-to-use test to capture reliable individualized sweet preferences data on a population level. Such information will help to understand the influence of taste preference on dietary patterns across population and lifespan.


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

Representative Publications

Cheung MM, Kramer M, Beauchamp GK, Puputti S, Wise PM. Characterizing Individual Differences in Sweet Taste Hedonics: Test Methods, Locations, and Stimuli. Nutrients. 2022; 14(2):370.

Sukumar D, DeLuccia R, Cheung MM, Ramadoss R, Ng T, Lamoureux A. Validation of a Newly Developed Food Frequency Questionnaire to Assess Dietary Intakes of Magnesium. Nutrients. 2019 Nov 15;11(11). pii: E2789. doi: 10.3390/nu11112789.

Cheung MM, Rosemary D, Ramadoss RK, Aljahdali A, Volpe S, Shewokis P, Sukumar D. Dietary Magnesium Intake is a Modifier of Vitamin D – Parathyroid Hormone Relationship in Adults who are Overweight and Obese. Nutrition Research. 2019 Sep; 69:82-93. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2019.08.003. Epub 2019 Aug 8.

Sukumar D, Becker KB, Cheung MM, Diamond S, Duszak R, Aljahdali A, Volpe SL, Nasser JA. Can Bone Regulating Hormones and Nutrients Help Characterize the Metabolically Health Obese Phenotype. Nutrition and Health. 2018 Sep;24(3):153-162. doi: 10.1177/0260106018777336. Epub 2018 Jun 27.

Lotito A, Teramoto M, Cheung MM, Becker KB, Sukumar, D. Serum Parathyroid Hormone Responses to Vitamin D Supplementation in Overweight or Obese Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. Nutrients. 2017; 9(3).

May Cheung

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