Dr. Shayne Morris, Ph.D, CNS, MBA
My life-long passion has been understanding, researching and building natural products to affect our health in amazing ways. Even after spending over 30 years following this dream, I frequently find myself in awe at how much I still have to learn. Understanding the complex world of nutrition, especially nutritional supplement and herbal medicinal products, is overwhelming and fraught with naïve up to outright deceptive representations. Important questions need to be explored honestly and more thoroughly like; how these products work, how do we define quality, what does the science really tell us, can we use ancient wisdom alongside modern technical advances to reverse chronic issues?
Shayne Morris has unique and broad experiences, for over 30 years, in the nutritional industry
and scientific community. Trained first in the ways of natural product sourcing, quality, design
and manufacturing which, quickly led to the pursuit of a formal education in chemistry,
microbiology, and finally a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry. Passionate about
owning a business in the industry Dr. Shayne Morris also earned a Master’s in Business degree.
He is an adjunct professor in chemistry at WSU and is a Certified Nutrition Specialist in the
American College of Nutrition.
Dr. Shayne Morris has authored a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, scientific abstracts,
talks and patents in the areas of biological chemistry, natural products and product
development. Recent significant research is focused on our microbiome and the probiotic
potential of unique human microbes. As part of Dr. Shayne Morris’ research his lab has
developed unique growing and stabilizing methods for important commensal organisms like
Bacteroides, Akkermansia, beneficial phage and more. Not only are personalized microbes
important the nature of their food and metabolites are equally important to the microbiome as
a whole and the human symbiosis. Therefore, prebiotic research has become an inseparable
component of the probiotic research and in some cases more impactful than probiotics alone.
The goal advancing, not only research but also educating about the benefits of natural
products, is a long family tradition that began decades ago with his grandfather “Doc” Stuart
Wheelwright. Most of Dr. Shayne Morris’ educating and speaking experience centers on the
natural practitioner seminar, training and industry events, although on occasion he gets
opportunities to speak to students in the university setting.
Professionally, Dr. Shayne Morris entered the natural products in the 1980’s, spending the first
decade producing products for some of the industry’s leading brands. In early 2000’s Dr.
Shayne Morris served as Vice President of laboratory operations, research and development
and product development for Nutraceutical Corp. In 2006, he became an owner of Systemic
Formulas a professional line of supplements overseeing every aspect of business operations
and finances. In particular, was the introduction of multiple new products every year, each
requiring research, validation and clinical marketing. Dr. Shayne Morris’ also started a research
and quality lab, still functioning to study medicinal herbs and microbiota.