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Qian Yang

Assistant Professor in Sensory and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Science



Dr Qian Yang is the Assistant Professor in Sensory and Consumer Sciences at the University of Nottingham. Qian completed her BSc in Food Science at University of Reading and MSc in Food Production Management at University of Nottingham. She then worked as the Sensory Science Centre Manager at the University of Nottingham for a year for a maternity cover role, which leads to an interesting PhD opportunity looked into individual variation in sensory perception. After completing her PhD, she worked as an industry funded postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham, and then worked as the Sensory Science Centre Manager before taking the academic role. Her research interest include: Investigating individual variation in perception e.g. supertasters, thermal tasters and sweet likers; Investigating the link between genetics, taste and food choice behaviour especially for sweet perception; Investigating the relationship between food choice and personal traits such as food neophobia, personality etc.; Understanding context effect on emotional response to food products. Qian is also very interested in large scale global study looking into the effect of taste phenotype, genotype and ethnicity in taste perception and food choices.

Teaching Summary

Qian is currently the Module Convener of Sensory Evaluation - Statistical methods and interpretation

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