Susan Murch, PhD
Susan Murch investigates the chemicals produced by plants and how plant chemicals affect human health. Her metabolomics research began in 2003 with studies of chemical diversity and plant growth regulator responses. Her current research uses metabolomics tools to understand the chemistry of plant-based foods and hormonomics tools to understand plant growth regulators. She is a Professor of Chemistry at UBC and has received awards for her work including: Canada Research Chair Tier II (2001-2015), UBC Researcher of the Year (2009), Neil Towers Award (2013) and Star of Oceania (2019). Susan has published >130 peer reviewed journal articles and received journal awards for Most Innovative (2012), Most Downloaded (2018) and Top 100 Read Articles (2018). She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Metabolomics Association of North America and the Natural Health Products Research Society. Her research has been commercialized by several companies with outputs including: (a) planting of >150,000 breadfruit trees in ≈45 countries for food security; (b) a novel cosmetic ingredient formulated into skin care products; and (c) a novel plant-based protein ingredient for food formulations.