About Dr. Lisa Offringa

Ethnobotanist, Research Scientist, Professor & Author

About Dr. Lisa Offringa

Ethnobotanist, Research Scientist, Professor & Author

About
Dr. Lisa Offringa

Ethnobotanist, Research Scientist, Professor & Author

Dr. Lisa Offringa is an applied research scientist trained in medical and nutritional ethnobotany specializing in plants used for medicine and plant-based foods for increased performance and well-being. She recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, and continues her work there as a Research Fellow. Her research at Stanford focuses on plant-based foods, and incorporating wellness-building phytochemicals into the daily diet. Her Postdoctoral projects included measuring fiber intake in low-fat versus low-carbohydrate diet through a multi-year clinical weight-loss trial, investigating the health benefits of traditional diets around the globe, and studying the effect of fiber and dietary choices on the human intestinal microbiota. As a Research Fellow, Lisa is studying diversity of dietary plant fibers and human health, and conducts clinical research on mindful eating techniques.

Dr. Offringa is active in education and public outreach, from instructing middle school students about plant-based medicines to guiding Stanford employees in ways to eat more plant foods, fiber and increase their wellbeing using plants. Lisa taught plant sciences at San Jose State University, in the Biology Department at San Francisco State University, and is currently a lecturer in Integrative Biology at University of California Berkeley. She is also the Botanical Director at the American Herbal Pharmocopoeia.

Dr. Offringa received her doctorate in a joint program between The Graduate Center at The City University of New York and The New York Botanical Garden investigated medicinal plants from Northern Thailand used by traditional healers to treat memory disorders in the elderly. This project applied a combination of anthropological, botanical, phytochemical and pharmacological methods to explore new botanically based compound in the pharmacopeia of Northern Thai healers and traditional foods.

Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Offringa was trained as a plant organic chemist and field botanist at San Francisco State University. After receiving her BS in Psychology, she worked for two start-up companies during internet 1999 as the CEO’s Assistant. Growing up she traveled extensively and lived overseas sparking a love for learning new perspectives. At the core of her career as a researcher and educator is the preservation of global biocultural diversity by emphasizing the importance of plants used for food and medicine, and to raise awareness of the connection between our food systems, our personal health and the environment.

Dr. Lisa Offringa is an applied research scientist trained in medical and nutritional ethnobotany specializing in plants used for medicine and plant-based foods for increased performance and well-being. She recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, and continues her work there as a Research Fellow. Her research at Stanford focuses on plant-based foods, and incorporating wellness-building phytochemicals into the daily diet. Her Postdoctoral projects included measuring fiber intake in low-fat versus low-carbohydrate diet through a multi-year clinical weight-loss trial, investigating the health benefits of traditional diets around the globe, and studying the effect of fiber and dietary choices on the human intestinal microbiota. As a Research Fellow, Lisa is studying diversity of dietary plant fibers and human health, and conducts clinical research on mindful eating techniques.

Dr. Offringa is active in education and public outreach, from instructing middle school students about plant-based medicines to guiding Stanford employees in ways to eat more plant foods, fiber and increase their wellbeing using plants. Lisa taught plant sciences at San Jose State University, in the Biology Department at San Francisco State University, and is currently a lecturer in Integrative Biology at University of California Berkeley. She is also the Botanical Director at the American Herbal Pharmocopoeia.

Dr. Offringa received her doctorate in a joint program between The Graduate Center at The City University of New York and The New York Botanical Garden investigated medicinal plants from Northern Thailand used by traditional healers to treat memory disorders in the elderly. This project applied a combination of anthropological, botanical, phytochemical and pharmacological methods to explore new botanically based compound in the pharmacopeia of Northern Thai healers and traditional foods.

Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Offringa was trained as a plant organic chemist and field botanist at San Francisco State University. After receiving her BS in Psychology, she worked for two start-up companies during internet 1999 as the CEO’s Assistant. Growing up she traveled extensively and lived overseas sparking a love for learning new perspectives. At the core of her career as a researcher and educator is the preservation of global biocultural diversity by emphasizing the importance of plants used for food and medicine, and to raise awareness of the connection between our food systems, our personal health and the environment.

Dr. Lisa Offringa is an applied research scientist trained in medical and nutritional ethnobotany specializing in plants used for medicine and plant-based foods for increased performance and well-being. She recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, and continues her work there as a Research Fellow. Her research at Stanford focuses on plant-based foods, and incorporating wellness-building phytochemicals into the daily diet. Her Postdoctoral projects included measuring fiber intake in low-fat versus low-carbohydrate diet through a multi-year clinical weight-loss trial, investigating the health benefits of traditional diets around the globe, and studying the effect of fiber and dietary choices on the human intestinal microbiota. As a Research Fellow, Lisa is studying diversity of dietary plant fibers and human health, and conducts clinical research on mindful eating techniques.

Dr. Offringa is active in education and public outreach, from instructing middle school students about plant-based medicines to guiding Stanford employees in ways to eat more plant foods, fiber and increase their wellbeing using plants. Lisa taught plant sciences at San Jose State University, in the Biology Department at San Francisco State University, and is currently a lecturer in Integrative Biology at University of California Berkeley. She is also the Botanical Director at the American Herbal Pharmocopoeia.

Dr. Offringa received her doctorate in a joint program between The Graduate Center at The City University of New York and The New York Botanical Garden investigated medicinal plants from Northern Thailand used by traditional healers to treat memory disorders in the elderly. This project applied a combination of anthropological, botanical, phytochemical and pharmacological methods to explore new botanically based compound in the pharmacopeia of Northern Thai healers and traditional foods.

Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Offringa was trained as a plant organic chemist and field botanist at San Francisco State University. After receiving her BS in Psychology, she worked for two start-up companies during internet 1999 as the CEO’s Assistant. Growing up she traveled extensively and lived overseas sparking a love for learning new perspectives. At the core of her career as a researcher and educator is the preservation of global biocultural diversity by emphasizing the importance of plants used for food and medicine, and to raise awareness of the connection between our food systems, our personal health and the environment.

Lisa C. Offringa, PhD

Medical and Nutritional Ethnobotanist

Lisa Offringa

Profile

With over 15 years of experience in ethnobotany and an extensive background in psychology, botany, chemistry and nutrition, I have a unique perspective on the intersection of food, plants, products, people and the environment. I am a highly skilled research scholar and educator able to cross disciplines, manage multiple projects and adeptly translate science to diverse audiences.

Skills

  • Evaluate potential ingredients for product development
  • Apply knowledge of plant traditional use, published research and scientific data to product development.
  • Advise and report on specific botanicals and their nutrient and bioactive compounds.
  • Interpret and present published research to facilitate the product development process.
  • Interpret chemical and biological laboratory test results.
  • Develop and implement experimental biological assessments both in vitro and in vivo.
  • Design and execute human clinical trials.
  • Provide educational presentations.
  • Provide ongoing advice on botanical, phytochemical, pharmacological and nutritional aspects of product development.

Education

Postdoctoral Research Fellow | Stanford University School of Medicine

PhD in Biology: Plant Sciences | The New York Botanical Garden & CUNY

Graduate Center BS Psychology | George Mason University

Professional

Lecturer
UC Berkeley, Integrative Biology

Botanical Director
American Herbal Pharmocopoeia

Research Fellow
Stanford University, SPRC, School of Medicine

Expertise

  • Botanical expertise
  • Phytochemical training
  • Human clinical trials
  • Global traditional medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Plant based diets
  • Dietary fiber
  • Intestinal microbiotal diversity

Medicinal Plants of Northern Thailand for the Treatment of Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly by Dr. Lisa Offringa

This book provides a description of cognitive impairment in the elderly population through the lens of Thai Traditional Medicine as it is practiced in northern Thailand. It provides an overview of Thai Traditional Medicine and the memory loss presented in elderly dementia. Some medicinal plants used by traditional Thai healers to treat cognitive decline and memory issues in the elderly are reviewed.

Medicinal Plants of Northern Thailand for the Treatment of Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly provides readers with the detailed description of the in vitro screening of ten plants and those results. The bioactivity of these single plants exemplifies the success of using an ethnobotanical filter to identify plants with cognitive enhancing activity.

Medicinal Plants of Northern Thailand for the Treatment of Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly by Dr. Lisa Offringa

This book provides a description of cognitive impairment in the elderly population through the lens of Thai Traditional Medicine as it is practiced in northern Thailand. It provides an overview of Thai Traditional Medicine and the memory loss presented in elderly dementia. Some medicinal plants used by traditional Thai healers to treat cognitive decline and memory issues in the elderly are reviewed.

Medicinal Plants of Northern Thailand for the Treatment of Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly provides readers with the detailed description of the in vitro screening of ten plants and those results. The bioactivity of these single plants exemplifies the success of using an ethnobotanical filter to identify plants with cognitive enhancing activity.

Medicinal Plants of Northern Thailand for the Treatment of Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly by Dr. Lisa Offringa

This book provides a description of cognitive impairment in the elderly population through the lens of Thai Traditional Medicine as it is practiced in northern Thailand. It provides an overview of Thai Traditional Medicine and the memory loss presented in elderly dementia. Some medicinal plants used by traditional Thai healers to treat cognitive decline and memory issues in the elderly are reviewed.

Medicinal Plants of Northern Thailand for the Treatment of Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly provides readers with the detailed description of the in vitro screening of ten plants and those results. The bioactivity of these single plants exemplifies the success of using an ethnobotanical filter to identify plants with cognitive enhancing activity.

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