John C. Castura, MSc, Dr.Philos
Research Fellow

John Castura holds the position of Research Fellow at Compusense Inc. His research interests include sensory method development and evaluation, including rapid and efficient sensory methods, temporal sensory methods, sensory discrimination testing, and sensometric applications. His academic background includes a specialized undergraduate degree in zoology (University of Guelph), an undergraduate certificate in computing and information systems (Athabasca University), a graduate certificate in applied Statistics (Colorado State University), and a Master of Science degree in applied Statistics (University of Guelph). In December 2023, he successfully defended his Doctor Philosophiae thesis related to sensometrics (Norwegian University of Life Sciences).

John developed a taste for sensory evaluation as a trained Scotch whisky panelist on a descriptive sensory panel. He now has more than 20 years’ experience in the field, and is an increasingly active contributor. He has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He has given numerous oral and poster presentations at scientific meetings, as well as invited talks, seminars, and tutorials.

John performs reviews for several peer-reviewed journals and serves on the Food Quality and Preference editorial board. He is an active member in several scientific and professional organizations. He chairs the Canadian mirror committee of ISO/TC 34/SC 12 Sensory Analysis and chairs the Sensory Claim Substantiation taskgroup of ASTM Committee E18 Sensory Evaluation. He is a GStat-accredited member of the American Statistical Association. Previously, he served as Member At Large on the Society of Sensory Professionals Executive Committee 2014-2016 and was the Chair (2016-2020) and Vice-Chair (2010-2014) of the Sensometric Society, which are all elected. He has served on various scientific committees including Sensometrics and Pangborn conferences.


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