BS, 1995; PhD, 2000
Major Prof: Eloy Rodriquez
Marcus McFerren is a 2000 graduate of the Department of Plant Biology (L.H. Bailey Hortorium). His PhD focused on the ethnobotany, phytochemistry, and pharmacology of North and South American angiosperm species used as fish poisons. He is an alumnus of the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in 1995. Since earning his PhD, he was a visiting assistant professor at the Swarthmore College Department of Biology, where he taught courses in botany, ecological biochemistry, and medicinal plant chemistry from 2000-2002. In 2002 he joined the Cornell Medical College Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine as a teaching and research associate, where he taught courses in the chemistry and pharmacology of herbal supplements, and in 2006 he was awarded the MD degree. His training in internal medicine took place at the Kings County-Downstate Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn, NY. Presently, he is a resident physician at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Dermatology, where his research interests focus on the development of plant-derived agents in the treatment of dermatologic disease.