Dr. James A. Saunders is an advisor to the Company on plant genomics, natural product plant biochemistry, gene transfer, extraction technologies, hybridization, and DNA finger printing, among other areas.
He has published 95 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has made over 280 scholarly presentations in national and international forums. Between 1977 and 2003 Dr. Saunders served as a Plant Biochemist with the United States Dept. of Agriculture in Beltsville Maryland, in the Tobacco Laboratory and Drug Crops Laboratory, among other assignments focusing on the chemistry and medicinal effects of secondary natural plant products especially those found in Tobacco, Cannabis, Opium Poppy, Coca and Chocolate crops. Between 2004 and 2011, Dr. Saunders was Director, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, and Department of Chemistry, at Towson University. Subsequently, he was Chairman of the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society (2012 -2014).
Dr. Saunders received a B.A., Zoology 1971 from University of South Florida, a Ph.D., Botany, from Miami University in 1975, and a Postdoctoral Scholar and Research Biochemist, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, from University of California, Davis in 1977. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level science classes at Towson University, University of Maryland College Park, Stevenson University, Catholic University, Cairo University, and the NIH among other locations.