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Mara Virginia Galmarini

Mara Virginia Galmarini

session, year:
2013 2nd

Former fellow

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CSGA Centre for Taste, Food and Nutrition Sciences, Dijon

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Mobility project

Use of Temporal Dominance of Sensations to study inhibition and masking effects during the combined consumption of wine and cheese and their influence on dynamic liking.

Wine and cheese are fermented products with a complex chemistry. They have long been consumed together but there is still no proof on how one influences the sensory perception of the other and why there are “good” or “bad” combinations. The present work aims to understand wine/cheese interactions affecting the basic tastes and mouthfeel using a dynamic sensory approach to study the changes in perceived sensations and in preference. The main aims are: 1.Finding wine-cheese combinations to study inhibition and masking effects. 2.Developing multi-bite/multi-sip techniques based on Temporal Dominance of Sensations (TDS) identifying the different dominant attributes along consumption. 3.Developing a multi-bite/multi-sip protocol for evaluating consumer preference. 4.Correlating dominant attributes and preference.

Biography & research interests

After obtaining my degree in Food Technology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) I did my PhD in food chemistry and sensory analysis at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina) working on analytical chemistry and sensory analysis. During my post-doctoral studies, I continued with the challenge of working on these two fields. I worked on the determination of phenolic content by HPLC and the antioxidant capacity of a particular product: freeze-dried wine. I had the opportunity of doing this at the Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture d’Angers (ESA). At the same time, I continued working on sensory evaluation, particularly in the development of evaluation techniques (e.g. comment analysis, progressive profile) in collaboration with colleagues from ESA and the Centre des Sciences du Goût et l’Alimentation, CSGA (Dijon). As a result, I devoted more time to the area of sensory analysis where the development and validation of new methodologies is crucial to better understand food perception and consumer preferences. Thanks to the AgreenSkills fellowship, I further developed the Temporal Dominance of Sensations (TDS) methods towards the understanding of food pairing, as a member of the ChemoSens platform at the CSGA. After my fellowship was completed, I was invited to continue to develop this line of work with the same team during 2 months in 2017 and 3 months in 2018, giving continuity to the project that began thanks to the AgreenSkills program. Moreover, I am currently in charge of giving the Sensory Science course at UCA and I work as an assistant researcher for CONICET, Argentina.

Selected publications

Galmarini, M. V., Dufau, L., Loiseau, A.-L., Visalli, M., & Schlich, P., 2018. Wine and Cheese: Two Products or One Association? A New Method for Assessing WineCheese Pairing. Beverages, 4(1), 13. Doi:10.3390/ beverages4010013.

Galmarini, M. V., Loiseau, A.-L., Debreyer, D. Visalli, M. & Schlich, P., 2017. Use of Multi-Intake Temporal Dominance of Sensations (TDS) to Evaluate the Influence of Wine on Cheese Perception. Journal of Food Science, 82(11): 2669-2678.

Rodrigues, H, Cielo, D.P., Goméz-Corona, C., Silveira, A.A.S, Marchesan, T.A.,Galmarini, M. V. & Richards, N.S.P.S., 2017. Eating flowers? Exploring attitudes and consumers' representation of edible flowers. Food Research International, 100 (2), 227-234.

Galmarini, M. V. Visalli, M. & Schlich, P., 2017. Advances in representation and analysis of mono and multi-intake Temporal Dominance of Sensations data. Food Quality and Preference, 56 (B) 247-255.

Galmarini, M. V., Loiseau, A.-L., Visalli, M. & Schlich, P., 2016. Use of Multi-Intake Temporal Dominance of Sensations (TDS) to Evaluate the Influence of Cheese on Wine Perception. Journal of Food Science, 81, S2566-S2577.

Awards & patents

Young Scientist Award for best oral presentation of Having cheese with wine… always a good idea! A sensory proof based on the use of Temporal Dominance of Sensations (TDS). European Association of Wine Economists (2016)

Young Scientist Award, 11th Pangborn Sensory Symposium. How about some cheese with that wine? Use of Multi-Intake Temporal Dominance of Sensations to evaluate the influence of cheese on wine perception and appreciation. ELSEVIER (2015)

Premio Nacional Arcor a la Innovación en Alimentos (2013)

Panamerican Bimbo Award in Food Science and Technology (2010)

Dr. Cattaneo Award, granted by the Argentine Chemical Association. Best PhD thesis in bromatology (2010)

Emilio J. Compte Award, granted by College of Agrarian Sciences, Argentine Catholic University, Argentina (2004)


Wine, cheese, dynamic preference, cross-modalities, temporal dominance of sensations, multi-sip