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Laura Laguna Cruañes

Laura Laguna Cruañes




Affiliation: Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de los Alimentos (IATA, CSIC)

Fields or areas of research Sensory analysis, dysphagia, chewing

Laura Laguna, is a tenured researcher at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA, CSIC). Her research is focused on Sensory and Consumer Science, with special emphasis on understanding the perception of the structure and composition of food, especially by vulnerable populations, such as the elderly.

She has a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and a degree in Food Science and Technology. She completed her PhD studies at IATA (CSIC) (Valencia, 2013) whilst doing 3 short stays in foreign centers (Campden BRI, United Kingdom; TNO, the Netherlands; Purdue University, USA). Later, within the framework of a European project (OPTIFEL, FP7) she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). Subsequently, he obtained a Juan de la Cierva-Formación contract (CIAL, UAM-CSIC), and a Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación contract, with which he rejoined IATA.

She has published more than 50 scientific articles and book chapters, received different research awards (Faculty Award Committee 2014; The Vine Science Award 2017; Rising Star of the Journal of Texture Studies) and has participated in the development of inventions in the field of food, obtaining two patents. She has participated in projects within the EIT Food (Food Solutions 2018, 2019, 2021), and is part of the editorial committee in different scientific journals (Journal of Texture studies, Wiley Online Library; Nutrition, Dietetics & Nutraceuticals. Research Open World).
She is currently leading two projects focused on the physical and sensory characterization of food and beverages for elderly people suffering from dysphagia (SafeToSwallow Project, ref. PID2020-117016RB-I00; THIRSTY Project, ref. 05TUI - GV05UTEL).

People associated with the project as predoctoral research staff: 1

People associated with the project as technical support staff: 1