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Genetics of Taste Lab

Main Project Information
Presented By Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Goal Determine relationships between genetics and taste
Task Enroll participants, prepare DNA, analyze genes related to taste
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

The Genetics of Taste Lab is a unique venue for both community science AND crowdsourcing health data
-We connect our community to research that is relevant to their lives.
-We conduct research to answer real public health questions and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

This research is led by Nicole Garneau, PhD ( and is made possible by the Science Education Partnership Award program at the National Institutes of Health.

How to Join

Be a part of our research team!

Volunteer citizen scientists support the community-based Genetics of Taste Lab by collecting data from Museum guests during enrollments, processing and preparing DNA samples, sequencing DNA,entering data into our database, and working with staff scientists to analyzing results.

One 4.5-hour shift per week, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Minimum Commitment:
All citizen scientists begin their one year commitment by volunteering for a minimum of 6 weeks in Expedition Health as an Exhibit Guide. Following this training, volunteers may elect to apply for transition into the Genetics of Taste Lab as a citizen scientist.

Age Requirement:
Available to individual applicants 16 and older. Volunteers must be 18 and older to enroll guests in the Genetics of Taste research study.

To apply: Visit

Please remember that volunteer placement is a selective process and not all applicants are accepted into the program. The Museum reserves the right to place volunteers in the area staff feels is best suited to the applicant's skills and the needs of the Museum.


Project Timing We run our research studies from November-August each year and look for citizen scientists to com,mit to one 4.5 hour shift per week. We are open 7 days a week and shifts are from 8:30-1 and 12:30-5.
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Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Training Materials
Class Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags biology, bitter, dna, genes, genetics, human, interaction, microbiome, museum, salty, science, sour, sweet, taste, umami
Project Updated 05/23/2018