Robin Dando

247 Stocking Hall
(607) 254-3319


The bulk of my training prior to joining Cornell has been in Physics, Physiology and Neuroscience. I work on the basic interactions between our body and the food we consume, and how this shapes our preference. The mammalian taste system consists of many complex events which take a simple receptor activation at the taste bud, to a rich and emotional response such as that elicited by our favorite foods. As yet little is known about the true nature or depth of these interactions. My lab will use state of the art biological techniques to elucidate the nature of some of these processes, and how they can in turn be swayed by factors such as our body’s physiology, an illness, or even by our mood.

Teaching Focus

Robin teaches for the Sensory Evaluation of Foods course FDSC4100, and is designing a course based around the biology of the chemical senses, to be offered in the near future.

Graduate Fields

  • Food Science and Technology
  • Molecular and Integrative Physiology
  • Neurobiology and Behavior


  • Post Doc – University of Miami – 2012
  • PhD Applied Physics – University of South Florida – 2007
  • MSc Nanotechnology – University of Sheffield – 2002
  • BSc (Hons) Physics – Sheffield Hallam University – 2001

Selected Publications

  • Dando R and Roper SD (2009) Cell-to-cell communication in taste buds via ATP signaling and pannexin gap junction hemichannels. J Physiol 587(24): 5899-906
  • Huang YJ, Dando R and Roper SD (2009) Autocrine and paracrine roles for ATP and Serotonin in mouse taste buds. J Neurosci, 29(44):13909-18
  • Dando R (2009) Examining the neglected side of calcium regulation in taste cells. J Physiol  587(23) 5523-5524
  • Dando R (2010) Endogenous peripheral neuromodulators of the mammalian taste bud. J Neurophysiol 104: 1835-1837
  • Rodriguez-Diaz R*, Dando R*, Jacques-Silva MC, Fachado A, Molina J, Berggren PO, Roper SD, Caicedo A (2011) Acetylcholine is released by human alpha cells as a paracrine signal to prime beta cell insulin secretion. Nature Medicine 17(7):888-92  *equal contribution
  • Rodriguez-Diaz R*, Dando R*, Huang YJ, Roper SD, Berggren PO, Caicedo A (2012) Real time detection of acetylcholine release from the human endocrine pancreas. Nature Protocols 7(6) 1015-1023 *equal contribution
  • Dando R and Roper SD (2011) Controlling what we eat: How circulating  peptide hormones influence taste and appetite. The Biochemist  33(6):14-17
  • Dando R* , Dvorianchikov G*, Pereira E , Chaudhari N and Roper SD (2012) Adenosine functions endogenously to shape taste signaling through A2B receptors in the taste bud.  J Neurosci  32(1):322-330 *equal contribution
  • Dando R and Roper SD (2012) Acetylcholine is released from taste bud cells and augments taste responses. J Physiol  590 (13) 3009-3017
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