John Glendinning

Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Biology

Professor Glendinning joined the Barnard faculty in 1996. His research seeks to understand the physiological underpinnings one of life's great pleasures: eating. His current research is exploring how the sense of taste mediates behavioral and metabolic responses to sweeteners, complex carbohydrates and alcohol. He is also studying how pre- and post-natal experience with foods can make them taste better (or worse). He investigates these questions in rodents, using a combination of behavioral, electrophysiological, and molecular approaches.

Recent Publications (Barnard and Columbia students in Italics):

Tang J, Youngentob SL, Glendinning JI (2018) Postnatal exposure to ethanol increases its oral acceptability to adolescent rats. Chemical Senses (in press)

Glendinning JI, Lubitz GS, Shelling S (2018) Taste of glucose elicits cephalic-phase insulin release in mice. Physiology & Behavior 192: 200–205

Glendinning JI, Tang J, Allende APM, Bryant BP, Youngentob L, Youngentob SL (2017) Fetal alcohol exposure reduces responsiveness of taste nerves and trigeminal chemosensory neurons to ethanol and its flavor components. Journal of Neurophysiology 118: 1198–1209

Glendinning JI, Frim YG, Hochman A, Basile AJ, Lubitz G, Sclafani A (2017) Glucose elicits cephalic-phase insulin release in mice by activating K(ATP) channels in taste cells. American Journal of Physiology 312: R597–R610

Wang T, Glendinning J, Grushka M, Hummel T, Mansfield K (2017) Drug-induced taste disorders in clinical practice and preclinical safety evaluation. Toxicological Sciences 156(2): 315–324

Bachmanov AA, Bosak NP, Glendinning JI, Inue M, Li X, Manita S, McCaughey SA, Murata Y, Reed DR, Tordoff MG, Beauchamp, GK (2016) Genetics of amino acid taste and appetite. Advances in Nutrition 7 (Suppl): 806S–822S

Glendinning JI (2016) Do low-calorie sweeteners increase weight gain in rodents? Physiology & Behavior 164: 509–513.

Glendinning JI, Stano S, Holter M, Azenkot T, Goldman O, Margolskee RF, Vasselli J, Sclafani A (2015) Sugar-induced cephalic-phase insulin release is mediated by a T1r2+T1r3-independent taste transduction pathway in mice. American Journal of Physiology 309: R552-R560

Glendinning JI, Elson AET, Kalik S, Sosa Y, Patterson CM, Myers MG Jr, Munger SD (2015) Taste responsiveness to sweeteners is resistant to elevations in plasma leptin. Chemical Senses 40(4): 223-231

Villalba JJ, Miller J, Ungar E, Landau SY, Glendinning JI (2014) Ruminant self-medication against gastrointestinal nematodes: evidence, mechanism, and origins. Parasite 21, 31

McCaughey S, Glendinning JI (2013) Experience with sugar modifies behavioral but not taste-evoked medullary responses to sweeteners in mice. Chemical Senses 38(9): 793–802

Afroz A, Howlett N, Shukla A, Ahmad F, Batista E, Bedard K, Payne S, Morton B, Mansfield JH, Glendinning JI (2013) Gustatory receptor neurons in Manduca sexta contain a TrpA1-dependent signaling pathway that integrates taste and temperature. Chemical Senses 38(7): 605-617

Zukerman S, Glendinning JI, Margolskee RF, Sclafani A (2013) Impact of T1r3 and Trpm5 on carbohydrate preference and acceptance in C57BL/6 mice. Chemical Senses 38(5): 421–437


Laboratory in Physiology
Statistics and Research Design

Neuroscience & Behavior Senior Thesis Seminar


Office Hours: 

Tue 11 - 12

Wed 12 - 1


BA, Hampshire College
PhD, University of Florida

Post-doctoral training:
Florida State University

University of Florida

University of Arizona

In the News

Two Barnard faculty members recently received major research grant awards, enabling them to continue existing studies.

For five years, Barnard has supported an increasing number of STEM students through the Summer Research Institute (SRI).

In March, 2018, Barnard faculty members were awarded major research grants that support a range of research interests.

Barnard College was awarded a second Beckman Scholars Award to support student research in biology, chemistry, and neuroscience and behavior.

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