Nicole L. Garneau, PhD
Taste scientist, keynote speaker, food & beverage industry consultant
Dr. Nicole Garneau is a taste scientist and keynote speaker who brings flavor science to the table. Her formal training in genetics and microbiology led her to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where she serves as the Curator of Human Health and directs the Genetics of Taste Lab. In addition to her day job, she is the founder of three companies related to her work studying taste and her interest in food and beverage science. In this capacity, Dr. Garneau serves as a consultant to breweries, wineries, distilleries, food companies, and restaurants. She is the co-author of the Beer Flavor Map and co-founder of the company DraughtLab.
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Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?
Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Five Senses: Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat.
On the Trail of the Sixth Taste. TEDxYouth@MileHigh
Is there a sixth taste? And if there were, how would we find it? In this fascinating talk, geneticist Nicole Garneau describes the scientific inquiry into the existence of a sixth taste by an innovative, museum-based citizen science program in Denver.
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The best way to introduce Nicole Garneau is by reference to well-known science educators “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and Neil deGrasse Tyson in whose footsteps I see her following. She combines uncompromising science chops with the ability to entertain and excite as she speaks. Then she fronts it all with an infectious smile, an engaging personality, and an approachable demeanor. It has been my pleasure and honor to work and present with her as we study the dynamics of flavor as they relate to beer and food.
Dr. Garneau gave the keynote address at MSU Denver’s first ever Women in STEM Conference. I invited her to speak about overcoming failure because she is both a polished STEM professional and a very open, approachable woman. However, her talk completely shattered my expectations. Our survey respondents called it “inspirational” and many listed it as the highlight of the conference. Thank you, Dr. Garneau, for teaching us the formula for success!
It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend Dr. Nicole Garneau as a speaker for your next event. Dr. Garneau brings to her engagements a high-level of expertise that is backed by scientific research and neatly packaged and presented with a certain elegance that leaves audiences of any background fascinated and eager to know more. I frequently reference what I’ve learned from Dr.Garneau over the years in my own presentations, and I am certainly anticipating the many more contributions that she will make to our understanding of taste science hereafter. Furthermore, Dr. Garneau deserves a ton of recognition for the work she is doing via the citizen science program at DMNS to inspire and change the game for young females looking to explore their interest in scientific fields.”
I really enjoy working with Nicole. We have done several events with Nicole, and her depth of knowledge coupled with her ability to boil the most technical information down to novice level results in an educational and entertaining experience. Nicole employs interactive techniques to help attendees easily understand concepts of flavor, taste and sensory experience. Nicole teaches flavor science in the style of Neil de Grasse Tyson, with an openness and humor that is infectious.