Dr. Cassandra L. Quave, Curator

10494447_1418670631688622_4686075456634534280_oCassandra L. Quave, Ph.D. holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Dermatology in the Emory University School of Medicine and Center for the Study of Human Health in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, where she leads drug discovery research initiatives and teaches undergraduate courses on medicinal plants, food and health. Dr. Quave received her B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University in 2000. She completed her Ph.D. in Biology at Florida International University in 2008, postdoctoral training in Microbial Pathogenesis at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2011, and postdoctoral training in Human Health at Emory in 2012. An NIH-funded medical ethnobotanist, Dr. Quave’s research is focused on the documentation and analysis of botanical remedies used in the treatment of infectious disease. Her geographic region of focus is on the Mediterranean, with emphasis on Italy and the Balkans. To date, she has published more than 50 scientific works and has two edited books with Springer Press that were released this year: Innovative Strategies for Teaching in the Plant Sciences (Quave, Ed.) and Ethnobotany and Biocultural Diversities in the Balkans: Perspectives on Sustainable Rural Development and Reconciliation (Pieroni and Quave, Eds.). Dr. Quave currently serves as the President-Elect 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.

E-mail: cquave [at] emory [dot] edu

Tel: (404) 727-7065

Dr. Tharanga Samarakoon, Collections Manager

IMG_1617Tharanga Samarakoon, Ph.D. received her bachelor’s degree in botany from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 2004. Her undergraduate research was on a taxonomic revision of the Crinum (swamp lilies, Amaryllidaceae) of Sri Lanka. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2015. Her graduate research was on a study of the phylogenetic relationships of the tropical family Samydaceae (former Flacourtiaceae) and the preparation of a monograph of the genus Casearia in south-central Asia (13 spp.). Her research interests are in plant systematics, including floristics, molecular phylogenetics, and phytogeography, particularly in southern and southeastern Asia.

E-mail: tsamarakoon [at] emory [dot] edu

Tel: (404) 727-4865


Emory Herbarium Advisory Committee

In the Fall of 2014, the first Emory Herbarium Advisory Committee was formed to provide guidance on future directions for GEO research, education and outreach. The committee is composed of members with a broad range of expertise linked in different ways to the field of Botany. The membership represents various departments and schools across Emory University. Members are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Jack Arbiser, MD. Advisory Committee Member.Thomas J. Lawley Professor of Dermatology (SOM)
  • Rebecca Stone Bailey, PhD. Advisory Committee Member. Professor of Art History (ECAS)
  • Peggy Barlett, PhD. Advisory Committee Member. Goodwich C. White Professor of Anthropology (ECAS)
  • Simon Blakey, PhD. Advisory Committee Member. Associate Professor of Chemistry (ECAS)
  • Berry Brosi, PhD. Advisory Committee Member. Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences (ECAS)
  • Eloise Carter, PhD. Advisory Committee Member. Professor of Biology (Oxford College)
  • W. Michael Caudle, PhD. Advisory Committee Member. Assistant Professor of Environmental Health (RSPH)
  • Roger Deal, PhD. Advisory Committee Member. Assistant Professor of Biology (ECAS)
  • Omer Kucuk, MD. Advisory Committee Member. Professor of Hematology-Oncology and Urology, Winship Cancer Institute (SOM)
  • Cassandra L. Quave, PhD. Curator and Advisory Committee Chair.  Assistant Professor of Dermatology (SOM) and Center for the Study of Human Health (ECAS)
  • Tharanga Samarakoon, PhD. GEO Collections Manager. Center for the Study of Human Heath (ECAS)
  • John Wegner, PhD. Advisory Committee Member. Senior Lecturer of Environmental Sciences (ECAS)

Student Volunteers

Undergraduate volunteers make up an important part of the Emory Herbarium team! Students are eligible to contribute to GEO activities through several mechanisms: research credit in biology (BIOL 399/499), SIRE program, SURE program, IMSD program, and volunteering. Interested students should contact Dr. Quave by email (cquave [at] emory [dot] edu), providing a current CV and statement of interest. Below is a list of student team members by academic year:

Current:  Aliviana Najjar, Chengcheng Qui, Julie Fowler, Jessie Moore, Karin Chow, Lindita Camaj, Nandar Soe, Wenying Zhu, Xinyi Jiang

Past: Lucy Shen, Sara Kuhn, Dottie Stearns, Lyn Kim, Hank Song, Xena Huang, Micah Dettweiler (SIRE/SURE fellow), Jessie Cai (SURE fellow), Cheng-wei Lo, Janica Patel, Jiawei Li, Alex White, Austin Kim, Yasmin Khansari, Malaika Gutekunst