Students in the Spotlight!

I'm so very proud of my students! The past couple of years have not been easy for them as they juggled virtual and hybrid learning for their coursework and intensive work on their research in the lab. With perseverance and a thirst for knowledge, they persevered! Now, the fruits of their labor have ripened for harvest! Read more about their exceptional accomplishments below.

PhD Candidate Caitlin Risener is awarded a prestigious NIH predoctoral fellowship

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Caitlin Risener is a 4th year graduate student in the Molecular and Systems Pharmacology graduate program and a member of the Quave Research Group. Cate's research focuses on the study of botanicals that exhibit antiviral properties against SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 disease. She was awarded a highly competitive "F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award" from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. According to the NIH, the purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA program is to:

Enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research.

Cate's grant, entitled "Exploring the Potential of Natural Products to Combat COVID-19" will support the remainder of her training and research in the Quave Research Group as she works toward completion of her doctoral dissertation research. Such awards are critical to supporting student training!

Did you know that the annual costs for training a graduate student in PhD programs are $46,000 per year?

These costs must be either covered by discretionary funds of the lab (e.g., funds raised by philanthropic donations or university startup packages) or research grants. There is a great need to train more students like Cate, who are making important contributions to our understanding of the pharmacological potential of medicinal plants in the fight against deadly diseases. In the Quave Research Group, we always have a much greater demand from trainees interested in joining the group than we have the funds to support them. If you'd like to help us train more students, please consider a tax-deductible donation to our research program through the secure Emory Giving website. Alternately, you can mail a check to Emory with the designation of "Cassandra Quave, PhD Research; Center for the Study of Human Health; Appeal Code W6CCQ."

Emory Undergraduate Researcher Matt Menkart is awarded a Garden Club of America grant

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Matt Menkart is a junior at Emory College of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the competitive Garden Club of America 2022 Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany for his project: "Inhibition of Drug-Metabolizing Cytochrome P450 Enzymes by Common Herbal Dietary Supplements"! Thanks to the generous Garden Club of America support, Matt will be able to remain in Atlanta this summer to undertake his independent research project to be written up as his honors thesis in Biology.

Emory Undergraduate Researcher Cindy Fang accepted in Emory summer research program

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Cindy Fang is a junior at Emory College of Arts and Sciences. She was accepted into the competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at Emory program! This award will support a 10-week research experience, and includes a housing award for residence on the Emory campus and a stipend to support her full-time attention to research training and professional development. Thanks to this award, Cindy will be able to remain in Atlanta this summer to undertake her independent research on bioactive alkaloids derived from medicinal plants for he honors thesis in chemistry.

Emory Undergraduate Researcher Emily Edwards earns Highest Honors in Anthropology

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Emily Edwards is a senior at Emory College of Arts and Sciences. She joined the Quave Research Group three years ago and has made important contributions in the herbarium and laboratory. She successfully defended her honors thesis in Anthropology for her project entitled, "People, Plants, and Prescriptions: Effects of herbal supplements on pharmaceutical drug metabolism." She earned top marks of Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude) and will be recognized for this great achievement at Emory commencement next month.

The Plant Hunter recognized with the American Botanical Council James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award

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I am absolutely thrilled to see The Plant Hunter recognized with the ABC James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award in the consumer/popular category. This award is especially meaningful to me as I met Jim more than 20 years ago in the Peruvian Amazon and am a huge fan of his work! What an honor! You can read more about the award on the ABC Press Release.

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