Dr Cassandra Quave is an ethnobotanist with Emory College’s Centre For Human Health and the curator of Emory University Herbarium. Dr Quave is an expert on medicinal plants and is Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Human Health at Emory University, where she leads antibiotic drug discovery research and teaches undergraduate courses on medicinal plants, food and health. Her research is focused on the documentation and biochemical analysis of botanical remedies used in the traditional treatment of infectious disease.
I was fascinated to learn more about Cassy’s work, both in the field and in the lab, what she teaches and why she thinks it’s important. It was also interesting to find out how she became involved in the field of ethnobotany and her training as a medical ethnobotanist.
Our discussion covers a fair amount of ground and we touch on the difference between medicine and poison, capturing traditional knowledge of plant use before the knowledge is lost as well as how much more we have to learn about plants and the chemical compounds contained in them and how some of these compounds might be used in the future to help fight infections – it’s not necessarily about the drug killing organisms outright, as we often popularly characterise antibiotics.
Our conversation forms episode 30 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast and you can listen to (stream) or download via the player below…
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