Structure of the BENFRA Center

The BENFRA Center performs two research projects (Projects 1 and 2), supported by a Botanical Research Core and an Administrative Core.

The Administrative Core works with the NIH and EAC. Based at Oregon State University, the Research Core includes members from OHSU, Oregon’s Wild Harvest and U Miss. It is responsible for Projects 1 and 2, with OSU being involved with Project 2.
BDSRC components and collaborating organizations

Project and core leads

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Amala Soumyanath, B.Pharm., Ph.D.
Program Director/Principal Investigator
Administrative Core Lead
Project 2 Co-Lead
Botanical Core Co-Investigator

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Claudia Maier, Ph.D.
Botanical Research Core Lead

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Nora Gray, Ph.D.
Project 1 Lead
Project 2 Co-Investigator

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Miranda Lim, M.D., Ph.D.
Project 1 Co-Lead

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