Dr. Devin Peterson
Devin Peterson earned a doctoral degree in Flavor Chemistry (2001) at the University of Minnesota. In 2001, he joined the faculty in the Department of Food Science at Penn State University for eight years. During his tenure at Penn State in 2004 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) that is presented by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the nation\’s highest recognition of scientific professionals at the start of their independent research careers. In 2009, he joined the University of Minnesota as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Professor in 2014. In 2011, he and his team developed the Flavor Research and Education Center (flavor.umn.edu), an academic-industry consortium. Part of the mission of the Center is to work with the food industry as a whole to develop healthier food choices with higher product acceptability. In 2016, he will relocate his research program and FREC to the Ohio State University as part of the discovery themes initiave, a unique investment in agriculture research. Dr. Peterson’s research efforts focus on food flavor and related chemistry with particular emphasis on flavor characterization (taste, aroma, chemesthetic, mouthfeel), flavor generation, taste-aroma interactions and modulation, and flavor delivery.