Susan J. Sumner
Senior Research Scientist
Susan Sumner, PhD, directs the proteomics and metabolomics programs in the Discovery Sciences Division at RTI, and is a senior scientist in the nanosafety program in RTI's Center of Pharmacology and Toxicology. As director of proteomics and metabolomics, she leads projects to identify biomarkers for the early detection of disease, to monitor disease progression or therapeutic intervention, and to gain insights into mechanisms of response. In September 2012, Dr. Sumner received a $9.3 million NIH award to establish an RTI Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core (RCMRC). She also recently received a $3.5 million RO1 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to determine the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic profiles of C60 fullerene and multi-walled carbon nanotubes.
Before joining RTI, Dr. Sumner was head of the Biochemical Profiling Group at Paradigm Genetics, Inc., where she oversaw the development and application of liquid chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry and gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry metabolomics platforms for mammalian studies. Dr. Sumner also served as a PI and good laboratory practice study director at the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology. She has developed analytical approaches that enable rapid and effective cross-species comparisons of metabolism and has contributed to the development of PBPK and PBPD models.
She currently serves on the editorial boards for Metabolomics, the Journal of Applied Toxicology, the Journal of Toxicology, and the RTI Press, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.
PhD, Physical Chemistry, North Carolina State University; BS, Chemistry (Biology minor), North Carolina State University.
Pathmasiri, W., Pratt, K.J., Collier, D.N., Lutes, L.D., McRitchie, S., & Sumner, S.C.J. (Dec 2012)
Banerjee, R., Pathmasiri, W., Snyder, R., McRitchie, S., & Sumner, S. (Dec 2012)
Vidanapathirana, A.K., Lai, X.Y., Hilderbrand, S.C., Pitzer, J.E., Podila, R., Sumner, S.J., Fennell, T.R., et al. (Dec 2012)
Sumner, S., & Zhang, Y. (Nov 2011)
Szabo, D.T., Pathmasiri, W., Diliberto, J.J., Sumner, S., & Birnbaum, L.S. (Mar 2011)
- Personalized Medicine
- Nanotoxicology and Nanopharmacology
- Metabolomics and Biomarkers
- Predictive Toxicology
- September 20, 2012
RTI International to Serve as Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Research Core Center
– News Release