Dr. Gilbertson has his PhD in Neurobiology from the University of California. He began his career as a Laboratory Assistant in the Department of Clinical Pathology at Scripps Research Institute & University of Calif-San Diego. He continued to work his way upward through his career, later becoming Head Teaching Assistant of the Vertebrate Embryology Laboratory at the University of California-Davis, then as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at Colorado State University. Upon joining Louisiana State University, Dr. Gilbertson excelled from Adjunct Assistant Professor to Associate Professor and Tenured Chief of the Chemical Senses Department. He joined a biotech-based startup company in 2012, in which he is still active. Dr. Gilbertson worked in various departments at Utah State University, serving as Adjunct Professor, Associate Department Head, co-director, Director, and Professor.

Dr. Gilbertson joined the college in 2018 as a Professor of Medicine. Dr. Gilbertson has over 33 years of teaching and mentoring experience. Over the years, Dr. Gilbertson has served as member, co-chairman, chairman, consultant, and councilor with a vast number of national and international organizations and committees. Some of his involvements include the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders with the National Institute of Health, Pepsi Co, Brita Water, and Libertas Academia of New Zealand.

Dr. Gilbertson has been awarded a number of competitive and research grants, totaling over $7,038,836. He also has a patent for Taste Enhancing Food Additives. Dr. Gilbertson has received a number of honors and awards, including Graduate Mentor of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Researcher of the Year, and Senior Scientist Award. He has also made appearances on CNN, Discovery Channel, NPR and PBS and in USA Today, Science News, Boston Globe, and Business Week.


Recent Publications


  • Watson KJ, Memon A, and Gilbertson TA. (2017) AQP5 plays a role in osmotic sensing by murine taste cells. (In preparation; data collection complete).
  • Baquero AF, Watson KJ, Croasdel S, Hansen DR and Gilbertson TA. (2017) Regulation of ENaC by intracellular CI in mouse taste cells. (in preparation; data collection complete).
  • Watson KJ, Baquero AF and Gilbertson TA. (2017). Differential expression of AQP5 in B6 and 129 mouse taste receptor cells. (in preparation; data collection complete).
  • Xu H, Liu Y, Gilbertson TA. (2017) The chemoreception of fatty acids- a taste for fat. Pflugers Archiv- Eur J Physio (in preparation).
  • Gilbertson TA (2017) Chemoreception and the control of food intake [tentative title]. Nature Rev Neurosci (solicited review; in preparation).
  • Yu T, Calder AN, Dahir N, Blotter J, Sun X, Gilbertson TA (2017) The oral ghrelin receptor facilitates fat taste sensitivity in mice. (completed; awaiting submission).
  • Xiao L, Parchur AK, Gilbertson TA, Zhou A (2016) SERS-fluorescence bimodal imaging of fatty acid responsive receptor GPR120. (completed; awaiting submission).
  • Liu P, Gilbertson TA (2015) Fatty acids elicit responses in Type II and Type III mouse taste cells. Pflugers Archives (Eur J Physiol) (submitted; under revision).
  • Jones D, Gilbertson TA, Roggman L. (2015) Mothers’ parental investment attitudes toward their one-year-old infants in relation to a biological marker. Parenting: Science & Practice (submitted).
  • Baquero AF, Gilbertson TA (2015) Alterations of epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) function in diabetic mouse taste receptor cells. Physiol. Behav. (submitted; under revision).
  • Pittman DW, Hansen DR and Gilbertson TA. (2015) High fat diet alters the sensitivity to fatty acids in obesity-resistant but not obesity-prone rats. Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine 9:2 10000168.

Education & Specialties

  • PhD, Zoology: Neurobiology, University of California
  • Postdoctoral Training, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Colorado State University


  • Zoology
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition

Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of vertebrate chemosensory transduction
  • Pre- and post-ingestive mechanisms for nutrient detection
  • Nutrient regulation of chemosensory function
  • Hormonal and dietary modulation of gustatory function in mammals


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