Associate Research Scientist
The John B. Pierce Laboratory
Telephone: (203) 562-9901,
MSc, Utrecht University, The Netherlands 2002
PhD, Utrecht University, The Netherlands 2006
During her PhD with Dr. Jan Kroeze at Utrecht University, Maria Veldhuizen was trained as a psychophysicist in taste, smell and flavor perception. Since joining Dr. Dana Small’s lab in 2006, she has combined these skills with neuroimaging of chemosensory perception in humans using fMRI and advanced computational techniques such as network modeling and pattern analysis. She is interested in gustatory encoding, integration of taste and smell, and development of flavor preferences. One focus has been on how the human brain achieves attention to taste and how taste cortex interacts with other cortical areas under attention. She has also worked on the neural commonalities of sweet taste and sweet odors. Lastly she is specifically interested in understanding how the appreciation of a flavor develops by association with calories in humans. In 2010 Marga joined the faculty of The John B. Pierce Laboratory when she was appointed as an associate research scientist. Her future semi-professional ambitions include writing a cookbook and deserving the title neurogastronomist.