Beverly J. Tepper, Ph. D.


Representative Publications

1. Bell KI, Tepper BJ. Short-term vegetable intake by young children classified by 6-n-propylthoiuracil (PROP) bitter taste phenotype. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2006: 84; 245-251 PMID:16825702

2. Tepper BJ. Nutritional implications of genetic taste variation: the role of PROP sensitivity and other taste phenotypes. Annual Review of Nutrition. 2008:28;367-88 (review) PMID:18407743

3. Tepper BJ, Koelliker Y, Zhao L, Ullrich NV, Lanzara C, d’Adamo P, Ferrara A, Ulivi S, Esposito L, Gasparini P. Variation in the bitter-taste receptor gene TAS2R38 and adiposity in a genetically-isolated population in Southern Italy. Obesity, 2008:16; 2289-2295. PMID: 18719631

4. Cabras T, Melis M, Castagnola M,Tepper BJ,Messana S, Barbarossa IT. Specific salivary basic proline-rich proteins influence sensitivity to 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP) in humans. PLoS One 2012:7;e30962 PMID: 22312435

5. Melis M, Atzori E, Cabras S, Zonza A, Calò MC, Muroni P, Nieddu M, Padiglia A, Sogos V, Tepper BJ, Barbarossa IT. A gustin gene polymorphism as a mechanistic link between PROP tasting and taste papilla density and morphology. PLoS One 2013: 8(9);e74151. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074151. PMID: 24040192

6. Shafaie Y, Koelliker Y, Hoffman DJ, Tepper BJ. Energy intake and diet selection during buffet feeding in women classified by the 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP) bitter taste phenotype. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2013: 98(6); 1583-91  PMID: 24153345

7. Robino A, Mezzavilla M, Pirastu N, Dognini M, Tepper BJ, Gasparini P. A population-based approach to study the impact of PROP perception on food liking in populations along the Silk Road. PLoS One. 2014: 9(3):e91716. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091716  PMID: 24626196

8. Tepper BJ, Banni S, Melis M, Crnjar R, Tomassini Barbarossa I. Genetic sensitivity to the bitter taste of 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP) and its association with physiological mechanisms controlling body mass index. Nutrients 2014: 6(9); 3363-3381 PMID:25166026 (Review)

9. Donovan JD, Keller KL, Tepper, BJ. A brief discrimination task to assess individual differences in fat perception. Journal of Sensory Studies May 21, 2016 DOI: 10.1111/joss.12212.

10. Burgess B, Rao SP, Tepper BJ. Changes in liking for sweet and fatty foods following weight loss in women is related to PROP phenotype but not to diet. Obesity 2016 24:1867-73. PMID: 27430708

11. Melis M, Yousaf NY, Mattes MZ, Cabras T, Messana I, Crnjar R, Tomassini Barbarossa I, Tepper BJ. Sensory perception and salivary protein response to astringency as a function of the 6-n-propyluracil (PROP) bitter-taste phenotype. Physiology & Behavior 2017 Jan 24. pii: S0031-9384(16)30883-6. PMID: 28130087

12. Lee R, Simon JE, Reichert W, Juliani HR, Tepper BJ. Development of a lexicon for fresh sweet basil aroma (Osimum basilicum) with links to volatile chemical composition. Perfumer & Flavorist, April 2017, pp. 36-50.

Recent Presentations

1. Su X, Tepper BJ, Green C. The perception of novel cooling ingredients varies with ethnicity and prior experience. Association for Chemoreception Sci. Huntington Beach CA, 2013.2. Tepper BJ. Taste genetics and food choice: Can lessons learned in the taste laboratory translate to everyday eating? Symposium on Recent Advances in Taste Physiology, Institute of Food Technologists, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2014.

3. Tepper, BJ. Understanding consumer choice and eating behavior: genes, culture and personality. Symposium on Consumer Behavior and Sensory Evaluation – Development of New Sensory Methodologies, 17th World Congress on Food Science and Technology, International Union of Food Science & Technology, Montreal, Canada,  2014.

4. Scott NO, Tepper BJ. Influence of PROP taster status, sensation seeking behavior and mood on the perception of pungency and liking of soups flavored with chili or ginger. Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL July, 2015.

5. Tepper BJ. A role for the PROP bitter taste phenotype in women’s health: Obesity, food choice and weight management.   Senses, Diet and Disease Conference, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Doha, Qatar, November, 2016.

6. Burgess B, Melis M, Scoular K, Clawans A, Driver M, Kuang L, Schaich KM, Keller KL, Tomassini Barbarossa I, Tepper BJ.  Perception of creaminess and fattiness in free oleic-acid supplemented safflower oil emulsions: Effects of ethnicity and CD36 genotype. Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL July, 2016.

7. Tepper BJ, Jin L, Haviland-Jones J, Simon JE. Influence of nasal pungency and aroma intensity on liking for and emotional reactions to pure aroma compounds using the ‘mood signature’ approach. Association for Chemoreception Sci., Fort Meyers, FL, 2017.

8. Tepper, BJ. Sweet taste preferences – A role in women's health. Symposium on Sweetness-Sensory Perception in Product Development, Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, June, 2017.

  1. Books and Book Chapters:

    • Worobey J, Tepper BJ, Kanarek RB. Nutrition and Behavior: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Wallingford, UK:CABI Publishing, 2006 (288 pages).
    • Tepper, BJ.  Nutritional implications of genetic taste variation: the role of PROP sensitivity and other taste phenotypes. Annual Review of Nutrition. 2008;28:367-88.
    • Tepper, BJ, Belzer LM, Smulian J, Lu S. Sweet taste preferences and cravings in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM): Implications for diet and medical management. In: Diet, Brain and Behavior: Practical Implications, Lieberman H, Kanarek RB. (Ed), Boca Raton, FL; CRC Press LLC 2011, pp. 169-188.