A University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Suchman focuses on using active learning to augment undergraduate learning in large lecture microbiology courses. She has also studied parvo viruses that infect mosquitoes.
Suchman won the N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation in 2001 and is an inductee into the George H. Glover Distinguished Contemporary Faculty Gallery. She is a Fellow in the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, and was awarded the American Society for Microbiology, Carski Undergraduate Educator Award in 2014.
Suchman served as chair of the Committee on Technology Enhanced Education for the American Society of Microbiology, and the editor-in-chief of the MicrobeLibrary from 2003-2012. She was a member of both the ASM Education Board and the ASM Committee on International Education from 2003-2016 and co-chaired the ASM Leadership Grant for International Educators fellowship program and workshop 2009-2017.
Suchman earned her B.A. in biology from the University of California, San Diego in 1987, and her Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from University of California, Irvine in 1994.