Robin Tucker

Robin Tucker

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Assistant Professor

Telephone: 517-353-3408

2110 Anthony Hall, 474 S. Shaw Lane, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824


PhD., Nutrition Science, Concentration-Ingestive Behavior, Purdue University, 2014; M.S., Nutritional Science, California State University, Los Angeles, 2005; BA, Political Science, Creighton University


Professional Positions:

2016 - present - Assistant Professor of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2014 - 2016 - Assistant Professor of Public and Allied Health & Food and Nutrition, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio    

Instructional Activities:

HNF 471, Medical Nutrition Therapy I
HNF 832, Advanced Clinical Nutrition

Research Interests:

Biological and environmental factors that influence ingestive behaviors with a particular focus on taste and sleep; citizen science.

Recent Publications:

*denotes student author

*Szyzcgiel E, Cho S, Tucker RM 2019. Multiple dimensions of sweet taste perception altered after sleep curtailment.  Nurtrients. 11:9 doi: 10.3390/nu11092015.

*Szyzcgiel E, Cho S, Tucker RM. 2019. Characterization of the Relationships between Sleep Duration, Quality, Architecture and Chemosensory Function in Non-Obese Males. Food Quality and Preference. 75:105-112.

*Yang C-L, Schnepp J, Tucker RM. 2019. Increased hunger, food cravings, food reward, and portion size selection after a night of modest sleep curtailment in women without obesity. Nutrients. 11:3. doi:10.3990/nu11030663. 

*Abarintos RA, *Jiminez JC, Tucker RM, and SmutzerG. 2019. Development of a Regional Taste Test that Uses Edible Circles for Stimulus Delivery. Chemosensory Perception. doi:10.1007/s12078-019-09265-9

Tan S-Y and Tucker RM. 2019. Sweet Taste as a Predictor of Dietary Intake: A Systematic Review. Nutrients. 11: 94. doi:10.3390/nu11010094. 

Garneau NL, Nuessle TM, Mendelsberg B, Shepard S, Tucker RM. In press. Sweet Liker Status in Children and Adults: Consequences for Beverage Intake in Adults. Food Quality and Preference.

Tucker RM and Tan S-Y. 2017. Do Non-Nutritive Sweeteners Influence Acute Glucose Homeostasis in Humans? A Systematic Review. Physiology & Behavior 182: 17-26.

Garneau NL, Nuessle TM, Tucker RM, Yao M, Santorico S, Mattes RD. 2017. Taste Sensitivity to Linoleic Acid is Heritable: A Crowdsourced Population Study. Chemical Senses. 42, 9:769–775. doi:10.1093/chemse/bjx058.

Tucker RM, Kaiser K, Parman MA, George B, Allison DB, Mattes RD. 2017. Fatty Acid Taste Does Not Differ Between People Who Are Lean Versus or Obese:  A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLOS One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169583.

*Smith SL, Ludy, MJ, Tucker RM. 2016. Changes in Taste Preference after Sleep Curtailment. Physiology & Behavior. 163:228-233.

Dhillon J, Craig BA, Leidy HJ, Amankwaah AF, Anguah KO, Jacobs AG, Jones BL, Jones J, Keeler CL, Keller CE, McCrory MA, Rivera RL, Slebodnik M, Mattes RD, Tucker RM. 2016. The Effects of Increased Protein Intake on Fullness: A Meta-Analysis and Its Limitations. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 116:968-983.

*Steed CL, *Krull BR, Ludy MJ, Tucker RM, Morgan AL. 2016. Relationship between Body Fat and Physical Fitness in Army ROTC Cadets. Military Medicine. 181:1007-1012.

Dhillon J, Running CA, Tucker RM, & Mattes RD. 2016. Effects of Food Form on Appetite and Energy Balance. Food Quality and Preference. 48:368-75. doi:10.1016/j.foodqual.2015.03.009.

Ludy MJ, Tucker RM, Tan S-Y. 2015. Chemosensory Properties of Pungent Spices: Their Role in Altering Nutrient Intake. Chemosensory Perception 8(3): 131-137. doi:10.1007/s12078-015-9191-x.

Tucker RM, Nuessle TM, Garneau NL, Smutzer G, Mattes RD. 2015. No Difference in Perceived Intensity of Linoleic Acid in the Oral Cavity between Obese and Non-Obese Adults. Chemical Senses 40(8): 557-563. doi:10.1093/chemse/bjv040.

*Swint JM, *Beining KM, *Bryant JA, Tucker RM, Ludy MJ. 2015. Capsaicin and Capsiate: Comparison of Effects at a Traditional Meal.  Chemosensory Perception.8(4): 174-182. doi:10.1007/s12078-015-9188-5.

Lee J, Tucker RM, Tan S-Y, Running CA, Jones JB & Mattes RD. 2015. Nutritional Implications of Taste and Smell Dysfunction. In: Doty, R. L., editor. Handbook of Olfaction and Gustation. 3rd ed. New York: Wiley-Liss. ISBN: 978-1-118-13922-6