Professor Samuels has a B.Sc. in Neurobiology from McGill University in Montreal, and a Ph.D. in Botany, from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC., Canada. She did post-doctoral studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA and at UBC Vancouver, where she has been a faculty member since 2000. Professor Samuels initiated the UBC node of the graduate teaching training network called the Centre for the Integration of Research, Learning, and Teaching (CIRTL). She is Academic Director of the Bioimaging Facility, a campus-wide light and electron microscopy shared research facility, and a member of the UBC Bioproducts Institute. The goal of Samuels’ research is to integrate plant cell biology and biochemistry to discover how plant cells produce valuable renewable resources.