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Who am I?

My name is Dr. Cassandra Quave. I have a PhD in Biology and am the Thomas J. Lawley, MD Professor of Dermatology and Associate Professor Human Health at Emory University School of Medicine. I am a scientist, author, speaker, podcast host, professor, mother, explorer, and ethnobotanist. I’ve written about my life in science in the award-winning book, The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines.

During the day, I teach college courses and lead a group of talented research scientists studying medicinal plants in the search for new life-saving drugs from nature. In my spare time I host the Foodie Pharmacology podcast and write this newsletter. My goal is to share the incredible science behind the medicines found in nature.

What is this?

My goal here is to build community around a common interest in the healing power of nature. My hope is that this will be a trusted place that scientists, physicians, pharmacists, herbalists, and basically anyone interested in natural remedies can turn to and find the latest science-based information on botanicals and traditional systems of healing. All are welcome!

I aim to post at least twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’ll also share news from my Foodie Pharmacology podcast on Mondays. With more than 34,000 species of medicinal plants on Earth, we have a lot of ground to cover!

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Scientist, author, speaker, podcast host, wife, mother, explorer, innovator, and professor at Emory University School of Medicine leading drug discovery research on molecules from nature.