Susan Westfall, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Susan has a long-standing interest in natural products derived from traditional Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine and has been using her expertise in biochemistry to investigate potential biomedical applications for these plant extracts.
She is presently a postdoctoral fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she is investigating the combined impact of Ayurvedic herbs and probiotics on the gut-brain axis in the context of neurodegenerative disease and metabolic syndrome.
Previously, she was a Ph.D. student at McGill University, where she and colleagues had discovered that a novel synbiotic formulation beneficially affected the gut microbiota and resulted in a variety of health effects in fruit flies.