Consulting & Industry Contracts


Dr. Quave provides consulting services in the following areas. To make an inquiry for a consulting role, please complete the questionnaire here and email Dr. Quave to let her know you have submitted the inquiry form.

  • Botanicals for various commercial applications (cosmetics, cosmeceuticals, personal care, wound care, dietary supplements, flavor, beverages)
  • Plant chemistry and characterization of botanicals
  • Landscape assessments for functional botanical ingredients (covering ethnobotany, chemistry, pharmacology, safety issues, and etc.)
  • Expedition leadership (ethnobotanical surveys and plant collections)
  • Scientific advising on reports for industry, foundations and government bodies
  • Scientific advising on film and TV scripts (**additional talent fees apply for on-film appearances)
  • Anti-infective and antimicrobial technologies
  • Ethnobotany and traditional medicine
  • Complementary and integrative health strategies
  • Capacity building strategies for academic institutions in developing countries (focused on ethnobotany, natural history collections, traditional health strategies, etc.)

Dr. Quave has a track record of successful consulting experiences working with government (including non-US health institutes), small companies and startups, Fortune 500 companies, and Fortune 100 companies.

Here is a basic breakdown on rates and expectations:

  • Hourly rate: $300. This includes phone calls, in person meetings, research, writing, preparation of presentation materials, landscape assessments, emails, and any other correspondence as agreed upon with the client and consultant. 5 hour minimum commitment to initiate new contracts.
  • Site visits are possible pending calendar availability. Travel time rate is $100 per hour, contact time is at the normal rate ($300/hr). All expenses for travel air/ground, lodging and per diem for Dr. Quave are covered by the client.
  • Procedure: Following an introductory call, Dr. Quave will provide a detailed quote with deliverables and a timeline based on the needs of the client and her availability. A consulting contract will be formalized and a 35% deposit on the estimated project expense must be paid prior to project initiation.

Book Dr. Quave as a Keynote Speaker

Dr. Quave has a successful track record in delivery of technical and motivational keynote speeches to audiences across the globe. The topics for each speech can be tailored to the needs of the client. Dr. Quave is represented by BrightSight Speakers Group. Submit an inquiry on her speaker page or email her agent, Tom Neilssen for rates and availability.

Industry Contracts with the Quave Research Group

The Quave Research Group at Emory has a strong track record of successful industry engagement and research contracts with companies located in the US and abroad. We have worked with small, medium and large companies, including Fortune 100 entities on projects. To make an inquiry for an industry contract, please complete the questionnaire here. We provide services in the following areas:

  • Characterization of botanical ingredients and extracts. This can be achieved through botanical authentication and/or chemical analyses by HPLC, or LC-MS, and NMR.
  • Access and research partnerships to deploy the QNPL – a specialized extract library (crude extracts and prefractionated library) of >700 species (>2000 extracts) derived from wild plants and fungi used in human food and medicine.
  •  Biossays for a variety of microbial targets, including ESKAPE pathogens (Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species), Propionibacterium acnes, Malessezia spp., Candida albicans, non-albicans Candida spp., and skin commensal microbes. We are a BSL2 certified lab and can assess your compounds or botanical extracts for the following:
    • minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC)
    • minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC)
    • minimum biofilm inhibition concentration (MBIC)
    • minimum biofilm eradication concentration (MBEC)
      • we can also do confocal scanning laser microscopy on biofilms
    • quorum sensing activity (only for Staphylococcus aureus)
    • exotoxin production (in Staphylococcus aureus)
  • Cytotoxicity testing in mammalian cells (particularly for human skin cells, HaCaTs)
  • NOTE: We are not currently running animal studies in house.

To initiate a research contract, a master agreement will need to be formed with the industry contracting office at Emory University and we can facilitate starting this process. Afterwards, follow up work orders for sequential projects are simple to setup.

Here is a basic breakdown on rates and expectations:

  • The smallest starting contract is for $25,000 in direct costs. Note that Emory charges a 56% facilities and administration rate on top of direct costs.
  • Projects are milestone based with communication between groups scheduled into the plan, and a final report to be delivered upon completion.