Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Chemosensory Science
Supported by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
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Program Overview

The Training Program in Chemosensory Science (TCPS) is an NIH-supported pre-doctoral training program that prepares trainees for careers focused on the science of smell, taste and flavor in academia, industry and the public sector. Graduate students in five UF doctoral programs across three different UF Colleges (Medicine, Agriculture and Arts and Sciences) are eligible to train with TPCS faculty. Training opportunities include:

  • Mentorship from world-leading chemical senses scientists.
  • Research in state-of-the-art laboratories using cutting-edge technologies and approaches.
  • Interactions with visiting smell and taste scientists.
  • Dedicated lecture and team-based courses in sensory biology, chemosensation, translational science, research ethics and grant writing.
  • A unique, fully-funded “non-academic” internship with partners in the food/flavor/beverage industry or in technology transfer.


Additionally, trainees receive up to two years of support for stipends, tuition and fees, as well as an travel allowance for attending scientific conferences.


Required Training Activities 

Program Director and Steering Committee Members

Steven Munger, Ph.D.

Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D.

Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D.

Rebecca Butcher, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Martens, Ph.D.

Daniel Hahn, Ph.D.

Other Participating Mentors

Barry Ache, Ph.D.

Sara Burke, Ph.D.

Akito Kawahara, Ph.D.

Rebecca Kimball, Ph.D.

Daniel Wesson, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Bloomquist, Ph.D.


Jeremy McIntyre, Ph.D.

Rui Xiao, Ph.D.

Sergei Zolotukhin, Ph.D.

Yu Wang, Ph.D.




Current Trainees 

Kalene Jasso

Arthur Zimmerman