Dr. Cassandra Quave, CSHH Visiting Assistant Professor, is staying busy this summer on a medicinal plant collecting expedition in Italy. Quave’s field research site is located in southern Italy in the Vulture-Alto Bradano region of the Basilicata province. The local landscape is dominated by the dormant volcano Monte Vulture. The rolling hillsides below are covered with fields of wheat, olive groves and vineyards. She will be there in June and July to collect specimens of medicinal plants under study in the Human Health laboratory. When the plants arrive at the lab, members of Quave’s team will use the raw materials to create a series of plant extracts to be used in various drug discovery research projects underway at Emory. Natural products derived from medicinal plants represent a promising source of new drugs.
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