I am a sensory scientist broadly interested in 1) the biological and environmental determinants of taste preferences and how an understanding of these determinants can be used to develop strategies to promote a healthy diet across the lifespan, and 2) the influence of government policy on food choice and intake. Prior to joining St. Kate’s, I completed a PhD in Food Science at the University of Minnesota and followed this with a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Monell Chemical Senses Center.
Ph.D., Food Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, 2013
Master of Education, Life Science Education
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2007
Bachelor of Science, Biology
University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2002
11th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium Young Scientist Grant, 2015
Dr. Robert C. & Veronica Atkins Chair in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes Fund Scholarship, 2015
Rose Marie Pangborn Sensory Science Scholarship, 2012
Academic Professional Development Committee Research Grant, 2017–2018
NIH National Research Service Award (F32 DC15172), 2016
Heathy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute Graduate and Professional Student Grant, 2011–2012
Bobowski, N., & Mennella, J. A. (2017). Personal Variation in Preference for Sweetness: Effects of Age and Obesity. Childhood Obesity 13(5): 369-76.
Mennella, J. A., Colquhoun, T. A., Bobowski, N., Olmstead, J. W., Bartoshuk, L., & Clark, D. (2017). Farm to Sensory Lab: Taste of Blueberry Fruit by Children and Adults. Journal of Food Science 82(7): 1713-19.
Bobowski, N., Reed, D. R., & Mennella, J. A. 2016. Variation in the TAS2R31 bitter taste receptor gene relates to liking for the nonnutritive sweetener Acesulfame-K among children and adults. Scientific Reports, 6: 39135.
Mennella, J. A., Bobowski, N, & Reed, D. R. 2016. The development of sweet taste: from biology to hedonics. Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, 17(2), 171-178
Mennella, JA, Bobowski N. 2016. Psychophysical tracking method to measure taste preferences in children and adults. Journal of Visualized Experiments 113: e54163-e54163.
Mennella, JA, Bobowski N. 2015. The sweetness and bitterness of childhood: Insights from basic research on taste preferences. Physiology & Behavior 152 (Part B): 502-07.
Bobowski, N. 2015. Shifting human salty taste preference: Potential opportunities and challenges in reducing dietary salt intake of Americans. Chemosensory Perception 8(3): 112-16.
Bobowski, N, Mennella JA. 2015. Disruption in the relationship between blood pressure and salty taste thresholds among overweight and obese children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 115(8), 1272-82.
Bobowski N, Rendahl A, Vickers Z. 2015. Preference for salt in a food may be alterable without a low sodium diet. Food Quality and Preference 39: 40-45.
Bobowski N, Rendahl A, & Vickers Z. 2015. A longitudinal comparison of two salt reduction strategies: Acceptability of a low sodium food depends on the consumer. Food Quality and Preference 40, Part B: 270-278.
Grummer J, Bobowski N, Karalus M, Vickers Z, & Schoenfuss T. 2013. Use of potassium chloride and flavor enhancers in low sodium Cheddar cheese. Journal of Dairy Science 96 (3): 1401-1418.
Bobowski N, Vickers Z. 2012. Determining sequential difference thresholds for sodium chloride reduction. Journal of Sensory Studies 27(3): 168-75.
Mennella JA, Nolden A, Bobowski N. In press. Measuring sweet and bitter taste in children: Individual variation due to age and taste genetics. In: Pediatric Food Preferences and Eating Behaviors. Fisher JO, Lumeng J (eds). Atlanta, GA: Elsevier.
Mennella JA, Bobowski N, Liem G. Taste and smell. In: Pediatric Neurology: Principles and Practice; 6th edition. Swaiman KF, Ashwall S (eds). Philadelphia, PA: CV Mosby Co. In press.
Learning to like a healthier diet: Flavor preference development in infancy and childhood. 2017. Oral presentation at 12th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium, Providence, RI.
Individual differences in preference for sweetness: Effects of age and obesity. 2017. Poster presentation at 12th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium, Providence, RI.
Development of taste and flavor preferences: The roles of basic biology and early experience. 2016. Invited oral presentation at National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Intensive Course, Minneapolis, MN.
Learning to like low sodium foods: The importance of dietary experience. 2016. Invited oral presentation at Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Disruption in the relationship between blood pressure and salty taste thresholds among overweight and obese children. 2016. Invited oral presentation at 17th International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste Satellite Symposium, Tokyo, Japan.
Children and nonnutritive sweeteners: From hedonics to genes. 2016. Poster presentation at Association for Chemoreception Sciences Annual Meeting, Bonita Springs, FL.
Children’s liking for the taste of nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners: A methodological approach. 2015. Oral presentation at Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Children’s liking for the taste of nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners. 2015. Oral presentation at World Obesity Hot Topic Conference: Dietary Sugars, Obesity & Metabolic Disease Risk, Berlin, Germany.
Children’s liking for the taste of nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners. 2015. Poster presentation at Association for Chemoreception Sciences Annual Meeting, Bonita Springs, FL.
Individual differences in salt taste thresholds among children: Role of the SCNN1D gene? 2014. Poster presentation at Association for Chemoreception Sciences Annual Meeting, Bonita Springs, FL.
Acceptability of low sodium foods: What we know and where we’re headed. 2014. Invited oral presentation at IFT Wellness 14 Conference, Chicago, IL.
A longitudinal comparison of two salt reduction strategies and acceptability of a low sodium food. 2013. Poster presentation at Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A longitudinal comparison of two salt reduction strategies and acceptability of a low sodium food. 2013. Oral presentation at IFT Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Determining sequential difference thresholds for sodium chloride reduction. 2012. Poster and oral presentation at IFT Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.