mary ellen sanders


Dr. Sanders is an internationally recognized consultant in the area of probiotic microbiology, who for 30 years has helped numerous food and supplement companies develop and communicate about probiotic products.

Product Support

Specializing in scientific support for enhancing existing probiotic product lines, Dr. Sanders has authored over 120 peer-reviewed, scientific publications on efficacy substantiation, microbiology and regulatory issues pertaining to probiotics.

Speaking Engagements

With over 180 public lectures to her name, in addition to numerous written and video pieces, Dr. Sanders is an accomplished communicator on probiotics available for speaking engagements.

Beyond Strain-Specific Effects For Probiotics

Lecture by Mary Ellen Sanders, as part of NATURE CAFÉ 2016: THE ROLE OF MICROBIOTA IN HEALTH AND DISEASE

November 1, 2016.  Tokyo, Japan


Mary Ellen Sanders was the founding president and is currently the executive science officer of the scientific society, ISAPP. ISAPP – the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics – is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the science of probiotics and prebiotics. ISAPP supports the probiotic field through Stewardship, Advancing the science and Education. See links below to explore materials developed by ISAPP:

ISAPP blogs

ISAPP infographics

ISAPP videos

ISAPP publications

ISAPP compilation of resources

isapp logo with text

Featured Publications

Shared mechanisms among probiotic taxa: implications for general probiotic claims

cover of sanders shared mechanisms publication

WGO Practice Guidelines - Probiotic & Prebiotics

cover of wgo global guidelines probiotics and prebiotics

Probiotic Nomenclature Matters

paper: probiotic nomenclature matters

Expert consensus document: The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) consensus statement on the definition and scope of prebiotics

ISAPP expert consensus statement

Probiotics in Clinical Practice, 2015

title page: probiotics in clinical practice

Rethinking Probiotics, 2013

An Update on the Use and Investigation of Probiotics in Health and Disease, 2013

Probiotics for the Healthy Consumer, 2013