Cassandra L Quave
Cassandra Quave is Curator of the Emory University Herbarium and Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Human Health at Emory University, where she leads drug discovery research initiatives and teaches undergraduate courses on medicinal plants, food and health. She completed her PhD in Biology at Florida International University, followed by postdocs at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Emory University. She has been consecutively funded by the NIH since 2003, under a T32, then F31, F32 and R01. She was in the top 3% of NIH funded scientists to receive her first R01 before the age of 36. Trained as a medical ethnobotanist, her research is focused on the documentation and biochemical analysis of botanical remedies used in the traditional treatment of infectious and inflammatory skin disease. Her drug targets of interest are antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as MRSA, CRE and other ESKAPE pathogens. She has authored more than 50 publications, 2 edited books and 3 patents. Dr. Quave is a Past President of the President of the Society for Economic Botany. Her work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine and National Geographic Channel and featured on the nationally syndicated NPR programs On Point and Big Picture Science.