Cassandra L. Quave, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Dermatology

Associate Professor

The Center for the Study of Human Health in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences


The Emory University Herbarium

Office: Whitehead Research Building: Office 105-L

Phone: 404-727-7065


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory University: Department of Dermatology

1525 Clifton Road
Suite 100

Atlanta , GA 30322

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  • PhD in Biology (Ethnobotany & Ethnopharmacology), Florida International University , Miami, FL
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Microbiology (Bacterial pathogenesis), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences , Little Rock, AR
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Human Health (Ethnomedicine), Emory University


  • Complementary and integrative health
  • Medicinal plants
  • Ethnobotany
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Infectious disease 

Cassandra Quave, PhD 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 in the Mediterranean and Balkans. 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. Her work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine and featured on NPR. Learn more about her research by visiting her website or following her on Facebook or Twitter

Select Honors and Awards:

  • Research/Scholarship Award 2015-2016, Emory University School of Medicine Department of Dermatology, 2016
  • Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center, Travel Award to attend Advanced Course in Antibiotic Resistance (AdCab), 2016
  • Kavli Fellow, US National Academy of Sciences, 2014
  • Phytoneering Award, Global Research Initiative Competition, Bionorica SE, 2014
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Recognition for Excellent Teaching, 2014 & 2015
  • American Society of Pharmacognosy Graduate Student Poster Award, 2008 

Society and Professional Memberships:

  • International Society of Ethnobiology 
  • Society of Ethnobiology 
  • Society for Economic Botany 
  • American Society of Pharmacognosy 
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology 
  • Open Science Network in Ethnobiology
  • Society of Herbarium Curators