Head of the Centre
The research of Dr. Loïc Briand deals with molecular mechanisms underlying chemosensation of tasting and odorant molecules. He is interested in olfactory receptors and taste receptors (umami, sweet and bitter), as well as sweet-tasting protein and taste modifying proteins, such as miraculin and gurmarin. He is also investigating the impact of odorant-binding proteins on olfactory perception and the use of these proteins for the development of biosensors. More recently, his research has focused on the role of taste receptors located in other organs throughout the body.
Dr. Loïc Briand received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Nantes University in France. After a post-doc at Glasgow University in Great-Britain, he became interested in olfaction and joined the INRAE center of Jouy-en-Josas (suburb of Paris) as Research Associate in 1999. In 2007, Loïc Briand joined the Center for Taste, Smell and Feeding Behaviour in Dijon (France), started his own research group and, was appointed Research Director. Loïc Briand is a member of the European Chemoreception Research Organization (ECRO) board. He is author/co-author of more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, more than 10 reviews in the chemosensory area, and over 12 chapters.