Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board



Lars Bohlin, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacognosy, University of Uppsala, Sweden


For more than 30 years, Dr. Bohlin has been dedicated to studying, researching, and teaching in the field of pharmacognosy. He earned his M.S. degree in Pharmacy at the Royal Institute of Pharmacy in Stockholm in 1972. Then in 1978, he earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy at the University of Uppsala. After his post-doctoral training, together with Professors Carl Djerassi and Paul J. Scheuer, USA, Dr. Bohlin developed marine pharmacognosy in Sweden with the aim to identify structure-activity relationships with potential in drug discovery. He is widely consulted as an expert by both private and public organizations, such as several research councils in Europe. He is subject editor for Phytochemistry Letters and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Natural Products, Planta Medica, and Phytomedicine. He has co-authored more than 130 research articles, reviews, and book chapters. In 2010, he co-authored the sixth edition of the pharmacognosy textbook, “Drugs of Natural Origin—A Treatise of Pharmacognosy.” Dr. Bohlin is also involved in several patent applications and commercial development of bioactive natural products.


Article by Lars

Natural Products in Modern Life Science


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Paul Alan Cox, Ph.D.

Director of the Institute for Ethnomedicine


One of the world’s top ethnobotanists, Dr. Cox  specializes in the use of plants by indigenous cultures. During his career, he has published more than 150 scientific articles and three books. Dr. Cox received his M.Sc. in ecology at the University of Wales as a Fullbright Fellow. In 1978, Dr. Cox entered Harvard as a Danforth Fellow and National Science Foundation Fellow, and in 1981 he received his Ph.D. in biology. He was later awarded a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award by President Ronald Reagan. Currently, Dr. Cox serves as Chairman of the Seacology Foundation, an organization he founded to assist in preserving island rain forests and cultures.



Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D., F.A.A.D.
Dermatologist and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology


Dr. Draelos is a practicing, board-certified dermatologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology with a research interest in cosmetics, toiletries and biologically active skin medications. She is a consulting professor in the Department of Dermatology at Duke University School of Medicine and has a clinical practice in High Point, N.C. She has been a visiting professor at more than 45 medical institutions nationally and internationally. She is the author of nine textbooks, including Cosmetics in Dermatology. Dr. Draelos has contributed chapters to 23 textbooks, written 300 published papers, and currently serves on eight journal editorial boards. In 2006, she received a cosmetics industry lifetime achievement award from Health Beauty America for her research contributions in topical formulations.



Cesar Fraga Ph.D.


Dr. Fraga is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Associate with the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) at the University of California, Davis. His research efforts focus on the roles of plant bioactives as potential health protectors in terms of nutrition and pharmacology. His interest is deciphering biochemical pathways, mainly those involving oxidative stress and antioxidant actions that affect cardiovascular, renal, and intestinal physiology.

Dr. Fraga received his doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires in 1985. He holds two postdoctoral stages at the University of California. He returned to Argentina in 1990 to establish a research group to study the antioxidant benefits of vitamins and natural products. In 2003, he started a research program at Davis, which enhances his research in Buenos Aires. Dr. Fraga has published more than 150 articles—most in high-impact journals—that received more than 14,000 citations. He has presented at more than 110 conferences. He is associate editor for the Journal Food and Function (Royal Society of Chemistry) and a member of the editorial board for Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Redox Biology, and other journals. He has been invited editor for the prestigious journal, Molecular Aspects of Medicine and edited the book “Plant Phenolics and Human Health” (IUBMB-Wiley 2010). He served as president and organizer of two editions of the international Conference on Polyphenols and Health (ICPH 2005 in Davis, and ICPH 2013 in Buenos Aires).

He also served as executive vice-president of the Oxygen Club of California and treasurer of the Society for Free Radical Research International. He is—or has been member of—the American Society for Nutrition, Society for Redox Biology and Medicine, Society for Free Radical Research-International, Society for Free Radical Research-Europe, Oxygen Club of California, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and New York Academy of Sciences.


Tomas A. Prolla, Ph.D

Co-founder, LifeGen Technologies, Professor, departments of Genetics and Medical Genetics, University of Wisconsin


Dr. Prolla studied in the Department of Molecular Bio-physics and Biochemistry at Yale University, receiving a doctoral degree in 1994. He completed post-doctoral training at the Human and Molecular Genetics Department at Baylor College of Medicine, then joined the faculty of the Department of Genetics and Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin in 1997. Dr. Prolla has received several awards of scientific excellence, including the Shorb Lecturer Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Young Investigator Award, the Shaw Scientist Award, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute New Investigator Award, and the Pound Research Award. Dr. Prolla’s work currently focuses on the use of gene expression profiling, lifespan studies, and histopathology. In 2001, he and Dr. Richard Weindruch founded LifeGen Technologies, LLC, a company focused on nutritional genomics, including the impact of nutrients and caloric restriction on the aging process. Dr. Prolla has published several articles in prestigious scientific journals such as Science.



Hildebert Wagner, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Institute of Pharmacy at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Center for Pharmaceutical Research, Munich, Germany


Author of Immunmodulatory Agents from Plants (Birkhauser Verlag, Basel, 1999), Dr. Wagner has studied Pharmacy since 1950. He is the author of 7 other books including: Plant Drug Analysis (Springer Verlag Heidelber, 1996), and Drugs and Drug Constituents (Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft Stuttgart, 1998), as well as authoring over 900 other scientific publications. Dr. Wagner was made a Full Professor of Pharmacognosy in 1965, and later served as Director of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology in Munich until 1999. He has been distinguished by many international scientific institutions including the Universities of Ohio, Budapest and Debrecen, Dijon, and Helsinki for his work in Pharmacy. Dr. Wagner sits on advisory/editorial boards for Phytochemistry, the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, the Journal of Natural Products, as well as serving as Editor for the International Journal of Phytomedicine.



Molly Wanner, M.D., M.B.A

Dermatologist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School


Dr. Wanner is a board certified dermatologist who specializes in laser and cosmetic dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is currently conducting clinical and basic science research in the area of cosmetic and laser dermatology. Her research interests include topical cosmetic products, fat and cellulite, and laser and cosmetic devices. Dr. Wanner has presented nationally and authored multiple articles in such publications as Dermatologic Surgery, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. She serves on task forces for the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and the Women’s Dermatologic Society. Wanner graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College. Dr. Wanner attended Columbia University where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the medical school and Beta Gamma Sigma from the business school.



Patricia Oteiza, Ph.D.


Dr. Oteiza is a full professor at the departments of Nutrition and of Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Davis. Her research is centered on the relevance of bioactives and trace elements on human health. In terms of bioactives, her investigations are focused on the beneficial actions of flavonoids in diet-associated obesity and metabolic disorders. Her other area of research addresses the relevance of trace element nutrition on early development.


Dr. Oteiza completed undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Biochemistry at the University of Buenos Aires, and did her postdoctoral training at the University of California, Davis. She was Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, and scientist of the National Research Council (CONICET) between 1990 and 2003, when she joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis.


Dr. Oteiza has published more than 130 research papers. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Biofactors, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, and Redox Biology, and of the Advisory Board of Food and Function. She has been an invited editor for special issues of Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Biofactors, and Molecular Aspects of Medicine. She has co-organized international conferences on redox biology (Oxygen Club of California) and polyphenols (International Conference on Polyphenols and Health). Dr. Oteiza was awarded the Gold Medal from the Renaissance Francaise (France) in 2017 for her research on Pharmacy and Biochemistry.