About the Author
Gary W. Elmer, PhD, is an associate professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. He obtained his BS degree in pharmacy and a MS degree in pharmacognosy from the University of Connecticut and a PhD from Rutgers University. Dr. Elmer is the coauthor of the vitamin and mineral chapter in the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs and has published and lectured extensively on dietary supplements and their proper use. In his laboratories at the University of Washington, he researches herbal/drug interactions and the application of biotherapeutic agents (probiotics) in the treatment of infectious diseases.