Assistant Professor May Cheung from the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences in the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences was awarded a $785,000 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to study why some people have a “sweet tooth” while others do not.

The liking for sweets drives people to consume more added sugars. This 4-year project focuses on understanding the genetic and environmental influences on liking sweet tastes in two traditionally underrepresented populations in science, Black and Asian populations. Data from this research will help to devise more personalized nutrition strategies to lower added sugar intake.