Martin Talavera

Assistant Professor
Sensory Analysis and Consumer Behavior

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Martin Talavera

Martin is pronounced Mar-TEEN


Martin Talavera, Ph.D., is as an assistant professor of sensory analysis and consumer behavior.

He conducts sensory analysis research in the Sensory and Consumer Research Center at K-State Olathe — part of the internationally recognized Sensory Analysis Center in the College of Human Ecology. He also instructs on-campus and distance classes at K-State Olathe and the Manhattan campus, and performs outreach and service to communities served by both campuses.

Talavera has more than seven years of industry experience, having worked for Mary Kay Inc., Peryam and Kroll Research, PepsiCo Inc. and Kellogg Company. He also was a graduate research assistant at the Sensory Analysis Center and a graduate teaching assistant at the Science of Foods Labs at Kansas State University.

Talavera is a member of the Society of Sensory Professionals and the Institute of Food Technologists. Talavera has published five studies in scientific journals and has given a guest lecture. He also is fluent in Spanish.



  • Doctorate in consumer and sensory research from Kansas State University
  • Master's degree in consumer and sensory research from Kansas State University
  • Bachelor's degree in agro industrial engineering from Universidad San Ignacio De Loyola University in Lima, Peru

Talavera also holds a graduate certificate in applied statistics from Kansas State University.


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