Professor Lawless specializes in sensory evaluatiion of food and supervises the Food Science Department sensory testing facility. He teaches courses on sensory evaluation and flavor perception. His current research focus concerns taste and smell perception and methods for measuring food perception and acceptability.
My current research focus is on taste and smell perception and the measurement of food acceptability. Ongoing projects involve mineral tastes and oxidative interactions in foods, sensory test methods for measuring food acceptance and judgmental bias.
Outreach and Extension Focus
My extension focus is to provide professional training and updates to industrial workers in food and consumer products companies with regards to sensory test methods and statistical evaluation of sensory and consumer data. To this end I coordinate annual workshops and do the bulk of the presentations.
My instructional focus is to provide basic and advanced training in sensory evaluation of foods and consumer products and in flavor science. I also guest lecture in general food science courses and wines courses.