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Lisa Methven

  • Sensory Science Centre
  • Programme Director for BSc Food Science with Business (3 and 4 Year Programmes).



Building location

Harry Nursten

Areas of interest

Lisa's areas of expertise are in sensory and consumer science as well as flavour and taste chemistry. She currently pursues three main research themes:

  1. investigating causes and influences of individual differences in sensory perception
  2. investigating consumer acceptability and bioactivity of vegetable
  3. improving the palatability of foods for older people.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons)
  • PhD.

Awards and honours

Research awards

  • 2008-2012: PI on Research grant from Research into Ageing (age UK)
  • 2008-2012: Reading PI on multisite research grant from the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) programme (cross Research Council initiative): project "mappmal".

External activities

  • Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology; member of the IFST's professional food sensory group (PFSG)
  • Committee member of SCI Food Group.


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