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Departmental Faculty
MaryAnne Drake MaryAnne Drake

Professor, Sensory Analysis and Flavor Chemistry
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor

236-E Schaub Hall


B.S. (1990) Central Washington University, Ellensburg
M.S. (1992) Washington State University, Pullman
Ph.D. (1996) Washington State University, Pullman

Research Interests

Research in my laboratory is focused in two different areas: sensory analysis and flavor chemistry.  Sensory analysis research is primarily focused on dairy products and how flavor varies with processing and storage and how this relates to consumer perception. Qualitative market research, descriptive analysis, consumer testing, and preference mapping are all used. Instrumental flavor analysis techniques including gas chromatography/olfactometry and gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy are also used to relate sensory properties to the chemical components of foods.  Fundamental research on methods development is conducted as well as application of these techniques to solve industrially relevant problems.  
Dr. Drake is also the Director of the Sensory Service Center.

NCSU Sensory Service Center

Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC  27695
(919) 515-2951