Marta Izydorczyk PhD

Canadian Grain Commission employee since 2001.

Research Scientist and Program Manager
Research on Barley and Other Grains/Milling and Malting
Crops Section
Grain Research Laboratory


Telephone: 204-983-1300

Area of expertise:

  • Molecular structure and physicochemical properties of starch and non-starch polysaccharides, such as arabinoxylans and β-glucans.
  • Understanding and controlling mechanisms responsible for technological performance and functionality of carbohydrate polymers from barley and other economically important Prairie grains in complex food systems.
  • Evaluation of quality of malting barley
  • Development of procedures to fractionate grains such as oats and barley to yield milled products with enhanced functionality.
  • Evaluation milling performance of wheat for annual harvest report, milling performance of advanced wheat breeding lines.


  • Doctorate
    Food and Nutritional Sciences
    University of Manitoba
  • Master of Science
    Food Science
    University of Manitoba
  • Bachelor of Science
    Ryerson Polytechnical University, Toronto

Awards and recognition

  • Director, 2011-2014, AACC International
  • Honoured with an invitation to deliver the William F. Geddes Lecture , Northwest Section of AACC International, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
  • Individual NSERC Discovery Grant, 2007
  • Honoured with an invitation to deliver the 2007 Belfort Carbohydrate Lecture at the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA (Ba-32). Persons chosen to give a Belfort Lecture are scientists who have made outstanding contributions to glycoscience.
  • Co-chair, 5th Canadian Barley Symposium and the District of Western Canada Master Brewers Association of the Americas joint meeting, 2007
  • Speaker, Department of Plant Science Seminar series at the University of Manitoba, 2007
  • Co-chair, International Plant Polysaccharide Workshop, 2006
  • Presenter, joint Symposium of the Carbohydrate and Protein Divisions of the AACC International, 2006
  • Lecturer, International Forum on Cereal Science: Cereal Foods, Cooperation, and Opportunities, Canadian Session on Cereal Sciences, 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Career Mentor Program at the University of Manitoba, 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation, AACC International and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, 2006
  • Appointed Senior Editor of the journal Cereal Chemistry, 2006
  • Program team appointee, World Grain Summit, 2005 Lecturer, Winnipeg Brewmasters’ meeting, 2005
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Manitoba Buckwheat Growers Association, Inc., 2005
  • Presenter, Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute 19th Triennial Barley Improvement Meeting, 2004.

Professional affiliations and development

  • Treasurer, Board of Directors of the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC), 2007-present
  • Member, Canada Grain Regulation Committee, 2007-present
  • Vice Chair, AACCI/ICC working Group: Collaboration Strategies for Publications and Scientific Content Dissemination
  • Senior Editor, Editorial Board of Cereal Chemistry, AACC International
  • Scientific advisor, Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI) Technical Committee
  • Sector Representative, Barley Council of Canada, Research and Innovation Committee
  • Chair, Barley Quality Evaluation Team for the Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley, 2006-present
  • Leader of the Food Barley Advisory Group for the Barley Quality Evaluation Team
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Manitoba, 2004-present
  • Member, Barley and Other Cereal Grains Sub-Committee, Western Standards Committee, 2004-present.


See the Canadian Grain Commission list of published scientific and technical papers.