Author Biography

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Risa Schulman


Risa Schulman, Ph.D. took her lifelong love of science, people and the fulfillment of potential to create a multifaceted career in R&D, business, health and wellness, and empowering individuals. 

Dr. Schulman is a functional food and dietary supplement expert, professional speaker and writer, and she consults corporations on health claim substantiation, product development and business strategy. She is also the founder of Tap-Root, a scientific consulting firm, and an advisor to

Overview of Career

Before starting her consulting practice, Dr. Schulman worked on the leadership teams of several industry icons, including POM Wonderful, Mars Botanical (a division of M&M Mars) and Solgar Vitamins (one patent awarded), where she played a key role in the launch of breakthrough categories and products.

Her experience includes working with prominent and pioneering food and dietary supplement companies and ingredient suppliers, as well as companies shifting into these spaces from other industries, including biotech and pharma. She also frequently collaborates with industry law firms.

Published Work, Presentations and Advisories

A seasoned writer and speaker, Dr. Schulman has authored numerous articles and blog entries. Her work has appeared in:

  • Functional Ingredients
  • Natural Product Insider
  • R&D Insights
  • WholeFoods Magazine
  • HerbalGram
  • HerbClips and its syndicates
  • EyeDocNews

Scientific publications include a book entitled, Pomegranates: Ancient Roots to Modern Medicine (co-editor, Taylor & Francis, 2006) and journal articles reporting on discoveries of new health benefits of foods, published in periodicals such as Neurobiology of Disease, Journal of Urology and Pediatric Research.

Premier speaking appearances include trade shows and academic conferences, including Nutracon, Supply Side, American Dietetic Association and the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Schulman serves as an expert in multiple capacities. She acts as an advisor to and Puritans Pride, and she also serves as an expert writer and reviewer for the American Botanical Council. She is on the editorial and planning board for New Hope Natural Media. Lastly, she is a Visiting Scientist at Rutgers University.



Dr. Schulman holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Rutgers University, a Master of Environmental Science from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University.

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