Technology Program: Formulating with Proteins
Presentation: Flavors & Proteins – Understanding Component Interactions & the Impact of Processing
Speaker: MaryAnne Drake, Ph.D., Sensory Analysis and Flavor Chemistry, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University
MaryAnne Drake, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in dairy flavor. She has been at North Carolina State University’ since 2001 where currently is Director of its Sensory Service Center. Previously she was Assistant Professor of dairy foods and dairy microbiology, Mississippi State University, Department of Food Science and Technology.
Research in her laboratory concentrates on sensory analysis and flavor chemistry with the sensory analysis research primarily focusing 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.
Just a small sampling of MaryAnne’s activities include Director, Southeast Dairy Foods Research Center (2014 to present), Senior Editor Journal of Dairy Science (2013-2015), FASS Board of Directors (2010), IFT’s Sensory Evaluation Division, Chair (2005), Vice Chair, ADSA Dairy Foods Division Program Committee (2002) and National Technical Advisory Committee review board, Dairy Management Inc (1998).
Professional memberships include the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), American Society for Microbiology (ASM), American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and American Cheese Society (ACS).
MaryAnne has well over a dozen honors and awards include the 2013 IFT Research and Development Award, 2012 ADSA IDF Dairy Processing Award, 2012 William Neal Reynolds Professor, 2005 IFT Samuel Cate Prescott Award, 2003 ADSA Foundation Scholar Dairy Foods Award, 1998 and 1999 Grantsmanship Award Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and 1995 IFT Kraft Fellowship.
MaryAnne has authored or co-authored nearly 100 articles in peer reviewed journals on flavor, proteins, sensory science and consumer preferences.
She has a B.S. from Central Washington University, and a MSc and Ph.D. from Washington State University, Pullman
Department of Food Science
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695