Dr. Brittany L. Graf has been a screens-to-nature workshop training leader for GIBEX since July 2009. She has led over a dozen workshops with research institutions and local communities in Bhutan, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Kenya, Namibia, and the United States (Alaska, North Carolina, and North Dakota). During these workshops, Graf trained agriculturalists, traditional healers, botanists, pharmacologists, chemists, and students to rapidly extract local natural resources and assess their antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antihelminthic activities.
Dr. Graf has also initiated the utilization of Caenorhabditis elegans nematodes as a field-deployable model for testing botanicals for potential to fight chronic, complex diseases. From 2014-2015, Graf served as a Fulbright Fellow in Ecuador to enhance research capacity through a participatory, adaptative approach, and forge mutually beneficial partnerships with indigenous communities such as the Tsáchilas of Santo Domingo. Currently, Graf is a postdoctoral scientist at Rutgers University, where she is promoting the research and development of Cuban botanicals in collaboration with the Florida Keys Tropical Research Ecological Exchange (T.R.E.E.) Institute, the University of Cienfuegos (Cienfuegos, Cuba), and the Gallego Otero Medicinal Plant Farm (Escambray Mountains, Cuba). Graf is an expert on the phytochemistry and biological activity of secondary metabolites from quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), and is currently exploring the potential health benefits of Cuban crops malanga (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) and moringa (Moringa oleifera).