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The Aromatic Plant Research Center (APRC) is a state-of-the-art laboratory that utilizes a variety of methods to detect adulteration and confirm the purity of natural products. Our executive advisory board is internationally renowned for quality control testing and expertise within the aromatic plant industry.
APRC aspires to reimagine the natural products industry by conducting state-of-the-art quality testing, performing groundbreaking research, producing cutting edge publications, and creating unparalleled educational materials on aromatic plants and natural products. Our goal is to ensure that our clients have access to the most sophisticated and verified means of testing possible. This process includes compiling existing publications, interviewing experienced producers, conducting field research, gathering raw materials, improving distillation methods, advancing testing capabilities, discovering new chemotypes, and so forth. This research will further develop our understanding of the purest natural products in the world and will influence many publications soon to be available to the public as additional educational tools.Contact Us
The Executive Board was formed to bring prominent and respected experts in essential oils and natural products together to collaborate, research, and educate on the growing field of aromatic plant research.
Each board member is carefully selected from a variety of institutions with the goal to assemble the brightest minds from around the world. These doctorate-level individuals are the undisputed thought leaders in the essential oil industry and have dedicated their careers and research to the exploration of aromatic plants. The diversity of the Executive Board provides expertise well suited to answer questions on the quality of natural products and aromatic plants study, propagation, distillation, sustainability, and more.
In addition to verifying the highest quality natural products, the Executive Board is also on the cutting edge of aromatic plant research. Our world-class team has the ability to develop custom methods of analysis and are dedicated to discovering quality sourcing, and testing of aromatic plants and natural products.
Aaron Sorensen, MS
Aaron Sorensen is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Miami. He received undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Material Engineering from the University of Utah and went on to receive a Master’s of Science from Colorado Tech. Aaron has spent over a decade managing teams focused on Quality Assurance and R&D in the dental, cosmetic, food and dietary supplement, and essential oil industries. Recently Aaron has concentrated his studies and efforts in essential oil sourcing and purity testing, building relationships with more than 50 producers worldwide through on-the-ground development in over 25 countries.
Prabodh Satyal, Ph.D
Dr. Prabodh Satyal is originally from Nepal where he worked as a lecturer in organic chemistry at Kathmandu University. He moved to the United States to pursue research in essential oils at the University of Alabama, where he received his MS and Ph.D. in essential oil research. He has studied the chemical composition of more than 10,000 essential oils from various parts of the world, has published more than 100 research articles in peer reviewed journals, and is also an editorial member of several journals. Prabodh has a special interest in essential oil adulteration detection using marker based analysis and has created the only known mass spectral library of synthetic markers. He has played a significant role in establishing several essential oil databases and has spoken at ten reputable international conferences. He is currently developing the first ever fully automated adulteration analysis software for GCMS that will identify the percentage of purity, origin, and mixed sources in essential oils.
Anjanette DeCarlo, Ph.D
Chief Sustainability Scientist
Dr. Anjanette DeCarlo is currently Chief Sustainability Scientist at the Aromatic Plant Research Center, where she conducts field research and ecological supply chain analysis on aromatic species. She also directs the Save Frankincense initiative. Dr. DeCarlo received her doctorate in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Vermont and has worked on post-conflict evaluations of natural assets and environmental projects all around the world, some of which include Somaliland, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Peru, Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and China. Previously, Dr. DeCarlo was the Program Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. She also worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council and UN UNSO Office in New York City. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Somaliland Biodiversity Foundation and National Parks Conservation Association. Recently, Dr. DeCarlo’s work on frankincense was highlighted on CNN Inside Africa, the New York Times, and National Geographic.
Brian Lawrence, Ph.D
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Brian M. Lawrence was born in London, England, where he eventually worked as both a technician and as a chromatography lab manager in the pharmaceutical industry while pursuing a degree in Chemistry. In 1960, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study chemistry in Chicago where he also worked at numerous labs before leaving his university studies to return to the industry. He later obtained his doctorate in pharmacognosy at the State University in Groningen, the Netherlands while working full time in Canada. Dr. Lawrence served as a researcher and the director of research and development until he retired in 2003. He then started a consultancy business, which continues to this day. He has published in excess of 80 original articles and reports and has been the scientific editor and natural products editor of the Perfumer and Flavorist for over 30 years. Dr. Lawrence has also published 13 books and 18 book chapters on essential oils while acting as senior editor for the proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Essential Oils, Flavors, and Fragrances. In 1989, he founded the Journal of Essential Oil Research and was editor-in-chief until January 2010. He remains on the JEOR editorial board.
William Setzer, Ph.D
Senior Research Scientist
Will Setzer was born in Los Angeles, California. He received the B.S. degree in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, in 1973, and the Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1981 under the direction of Professor Richard S. Glass. He was a Postdoctoral Associate in the laboratory of Wesley G. Bentrude at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, with Prof. Dr. Paul von Ragué Schleyer. Will started his academic career at the University of Alabama in Huntsville as Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry in 1985. He rose through the ranks to Professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department, and he is currently Professor Emeritus. Although he has always had a casual interest in plants, ethnobotany, and herbal medicines, Will’s research in natural products started in 1990 after a trip to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica. In addition to Costa Rica, Will’s bioprospecting trips have taken him and his students to north Queensland, Australia, and the Bahamas, and he has formed several fruitful collaborations with groups in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Brazil, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Africa. His research interests are in natural products drug discovery, essential oils, chemical ecology, and molecular modeling.
Noura Dosoky, Ph.D
Dr. Noura Dosoky is a member of the APRC executive board. Her focus is on natural product drug discovery (medicinal chemistry). She holds a BS with honors in Biological Sciences (Botany) and MS in Phytochemistry, both from Suez Canal University. In 2015, she was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology Science and Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine-Vanderbilt University from 2016 until she joined APRC in 2018. Dr. Dosoky published over 50 research articles in peer reviewed journals on composition and bioactivity of essential oils from wild plants, drug discovery from non-volatile plant components, drug discovery using nanotechnology, and lipid analysis using LCMS. She is currently working on the isolation and identification of bioactive compounds from natural sources.