After graduating with a degree in Food Science and nutrition, Pauline started her career in 1986 as Trainee Flavourist at Barnett & Foster in the UK. She later joined Quest (now part of Givaudan) where she worked for 8 years managing sensory teams in the UK, Holland and in the USA. During this period, she studied Psychology (Neuroscience at Warwick University) and was awarded an MSc and then an MPhil in 1992. Pauline later moved on to become head of Sensory Analysis and Market Research at Weetabix before joining Sensory Research Laboratories SRL-Martin Hamblim as their Research Executive.
In 1998 Pauline co-founded her own consultancy company Foster and Brown Research Ltd. based in Gloucestershire, where she combines working with public health, along with academic and private sector market and sensory research.
In 2007 she was visiting professor at Cornell University for a short period and currently works closely with several teams of researchers at the University of Oxford. Last year she was a joint author on a paper in the Lancet.