Research in the Pepino lab focuses on the analysis of individual differences in human taste perception and preferences, with an emphasis on sensory control of food and alcohol consumption. Dr Pepino’s overall goal is to establish a research program that integrates analyses of taste perception with nutrient metabolism and the impact of dietary choices on health and disease.
By using a combination of psychometrically sound validated sensory assessment methods, and metabolic research methods, we are currently studying:
- The effects of bariatric surgery-induced weight loss on flavor perception, eating behavior and alcohol drinking;
- The effects of non-nutritive sweeteners on taste preferences and glucose homeostasis;
- Fat taste perception;
- Taste dysfunction in cancer survivors and other clinical populations