Quarter Abroad Spain - Instructor

UC Davis Study Abroad, Summer Abroad Spain, Language & Culture in Madrid Program, Header Image, Instructor Page

Language and Culture in Spain

UC Davis Study Abroad Instructor Profile Image, Jean-Xavier Guinard

Jean-Xavier Guinard

Department of Food Science and Technology


Jean-Xavier Guinard is Professor of Sensory Science and Co-Director of the Coffee Center at the University of California, Davis. Trained as a food and agricultural engineer in France, he earned MS degrees in sensory physiology and in food science/enology and a PhD in microbiology from UC Davis. His research focuses on sensory strategies for dietary change and the optimization of the sensory quality and consumer acceptance of foods, beverages and other consumer products. He teaches undergraduate, graduate and lifelong learning courses at UC Davis and consults for food and beverage companies and consumer agencies worldwide. Over the past 12 years, Jean-Xavier has served in various administrative roles for international education at the University of California and for the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis.

To learn more about Professor Guinard’s background, visit his Food Science and Technology biography.

A Message to Students and Parents

"Welcome to UC Davis Quarter Abroad in Madrid, Spain! I have two professional passions – food and study abroad. As a sensory scientist and consumer researcher, I study how our senses shape our food preferences, choices, intake, and in turn, our health. Spain and its Mediterranean Diet provide the perfect setting for the study of Spanish Language of course, but also of the relationship among food, culture and health. In my 25-year tenure as an instructor of study abroad programs or an administrator of international programs, I have experienced first-hand the transformative nature of study abroad. It never gets old! And I look forward to experiencing it with you all next spring in Madrid, my home away from home."