Dr. Sanchez serves as MNH's adjunct curator for food microbes and extremophiles. Sanchez is a retired professor of the Food Science Cluster, College of Agriculture and earned her Ph.D. in Applied Microbiology from Tokyo University of Agriculture; her MS Plant Pathology in 1965; and BS Agriculture in 1957 from UPLB. Dr. Sanchez has pioneered and has continued conducting relevant researches about fermentation and its uses in the country.

She has authored numerous technical publications, textbooks, conference proceedings, handbooks, manuals and modules. She has been honored with several national and international awards and recognitions. Among which are the Outstanding Microbiologist Award in 1989, Most Distinguished Microbiologist Award in 1990, and the Achievement Award in Biological Sciences by the National Research Council of the Philippines in 2002. She was also the UP Alumni Association’s Centennial Distinguished Alumna in 2008 (Science & Technology).

Her 516-page book "Philippine Fermented Foods: Principles and Technology" was conferred the 2010 Outstanding Book Award by the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST) last July 15, 2010 at the Manila Hotel.