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 Expert  108380

Expert in Plant Products, Tissue Culture

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Minnesota (MN)
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PLANT TISSUE CULTURE; MEDICINAL PLANTS. Expert has devoted the majority of his research effort over 30 years to the in vitro growth of plants of interest as drugs (such as morphine, steroids, and cardiac drugs), agricultural products (pyrethrins, potatoes), or commodities (tobacco, mints, ginseng, and ginkgo.) His publications (150+), patents (4), and book have been in the area of economic plant tissue culture, phytochemistry, herbal commodities, and pharmacy education. He is a consultant to pharmaceutical, tobacco, petro-chemical, and food industries. Other areas of interest for Expert are the development of tissue culture systems, traditional medicines, technical program assistance to developing countries, and economic plant databases.

ECONOMIC BOTANY; MEDICINAL HERB. A significant portion of Expert's work involves evaluating herbal medicine practice in the United States. He has studied the evolution of complementary medicine using herbs and their extracts by health professionals. The distribution of such commodities in the U.S. principally involves health food stores, pharmacies, drug chain stores, large food stores, or sundry product stores. Expert is knowledgeable of the top selling herbs in Europe, Asia, and the U.S.

PLANT NATURAL PRODUCTS. Expert has conducted research in fresh-water aquatic plants, done bioprocessing and scale-up in plant tissue culture organ and cell systems, and performed quality control analyses. After twelve years, he continues to serve on the U.S. Pharmacopeia Revision committee for natural products. He trained as a pharmacognosist and medicinal chemist and has consulted on advisory panels to the NIH, National Cancer Institute, and NSF where he performed HPLC and supercritical fluid chromatographic analyses. In 1992, he assisted the National Cancer Institute on the development of their taxol anticancer program.

GINSENG. Expert has studied whole ginseng effects on human response.

HEALTH FOODS AND HERBALS. As President of Plants Personified, Expert consults with industry, universities, and government on natural products, plants, complementary medicine, and alternative medicine. He also interacts with associations concerned with nutrition and the distribution of internal and external herbal products (chamomile, ginkgo, aloe, and ginseng). He serves on editorial and advisory boards to herbal foundations and journals. He has served as consultant to various food, pharmaceutical, health food, and energy-related industries.

Expert is aware of plant research activity throughout the world, including work sponsored by NSF and NATO in Europe, by CSIR, NSF, and industry in Asia and the Middle East, and by the World Bank, USAID, and NSF in Japan, Indonesia, Korea, and Thailand.


botanical extract


ginseng plant


health food




herbal product


medicinal herb


medicinal plant


natural product


plant natural product


plant tissue culture

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Saint Paul, Minnesota;  Rochester, Minnesota;  Burnsville, Minnesota;  Saint Cloud, Minnesota;  Eden Prairie, Minnesota;  Minnetonka, Minnesota;  and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Agricultural and Food Engineering
Aromatherapy and natural/ organic product consultation,...
Plant Tissue Culture, Micropropagation, Plant propagation,...
Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology: Enzymology,...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1957   Ph.D.   Pharmacognosy/Pharmaceutical Sciences   University of Connecticut  
1954   M.S.   Pharmacognosy   Duquesne University  
1952   B.S.   Pharmacy   St. John's University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1995 to


Expert's Firm





He is a consultant regarding economic plants used as medicinals, dietary supplements, etc.

1995 to


(Undisclosed University)


Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Chemistry


Professor Emeritus


1968 to 1995


(Undisclosed University)


Department of Pharmacognosy




1976 to 1982


(Undisclosed University)


Department of Pharmacognosy




1974 to 1976


(Undisclosed University)



Assistant Dean for Professional Curriculum


1957 to 1960


University of Nebraska


Pharmacognosy Department


Assistant Professor


1960 to 1971


University of Nebraska


Pharmacognosy Department


Professor and Chairperson


Career Accomplishments:

Expert is an honorary member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy.

Professional Appointments

He was elected four times to the U.S. Pharmacopeia Committee of Revision - Natural Products/ Dietary Supplements (1980-2000).


He is listed in Who's Who in America, American Men of Science, and Outstanding Educators of America.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has approximately 165 publications and five patents.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - International Herb Growers and Marketing Association  
 - CRC Press  

Consulting Services:
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International Experience:
Expert has traveled all over the world as a lecturer and scientist (Canada, U.K., Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Germany, India, China, Korea, Egypt, Thailand, Japan, and Indonesia). In 1969 he was a Medical National Academy of Sciences Visiting Scientist to Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. In 1970 he was a recipient of a Fulbright Hays Research Fellowship to Germany, and in 1973 and 1983 a CSIR Visiting Scientist to India. Additionally, he was an invited participant in a U.S.-Republic of China Cooperative Science Program, and a Vice President in the Third International Congress of Plant Tissue and Cell Culture, England. He was a consultant to the NSF and Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (1984) and USAID to Thailand (1989). The German Ministry of Science and Technology invited Expert to participate in an International Congress of Plant Cell Cultures in Munich.

Additional Skills and Services:
Other Skills and Services

Expert has served as a consultant to NASA, the World Bank, USAID, and the National Academy of Sciences, among others. He has presented lectures on medicinal and/or health-improving plants to the Society of Bariatric Physicians (1995), Nutracon (1995, 1996), North Hawaii Community Hospital health practioners on complementary health care products (1997), and to various local professional and community organizations.


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