News: The Quave Research Group is featured in the February 2018 cover feature of BBC Focus and the September 2017 print issue of National Geographic Magazine. We were also recently featured in the New York Times Magazine and the NPR programs “On Point” and “Big Picture Science” and on the National Geographic Channel’s series Origins: The Journey of Humankind. Want to support our research? Visit this page to make tax-deductible donations to the Quave Research Group.
Our Research Mission
The Quave Research Group at Emory University is composed of an interdisciplinary team of scientists who are passionate about translational science geared towards the improvement of human health. Our research group takes the ethnobotanical approach to drug discovery. Ethnobotany is the study of human interactions with plants. This can include anything from the use of plants for medicine, food, shelter, construction, art, crafts, and more. The focus of most ethnobotanical research is with traditional societies that incorporate wild plants into their daily life.
We study the botanical ingredients used in traditional medicines for infectious disease to discover new solutions for one of the world’s most pressing medical issues: antibiotic resistance. Our research has already shown that some medicinal plants are good sources of novel druggable compounds that can be used to either enhance or restore the efficacy of existing lines of antibiotics.
About Dr. Quave
Dr. Cassandra Quave is Curator of the Emory University Herbarium and Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Human Health at Emory University, where she leads antibiotic drug discovery research initiatives and teaches undergraduate courses on medicinal plants, food and health. 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 disease. To date, 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, an international society with the mission of fostering research and education on the past, present, and future uses of plants by people. Her work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine and featured on NPR. Follow her research updates on Facebook or Twitter.
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If you want to cite this website:
Quave, C.L. (2005 onwards) Quave Research Group Website. Version 13.0, May 2017. http://www.etnobotanica.us/.