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Colleen E Piersen, PhD

Assistant Head for Administration, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Research Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Director of Research Services, Office of the Dean

Contact Information

833 S. Wood Street (781)
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (312) 413-9299


  • MBA, Healthcare Administration, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska, 1999
  • PhD, Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1993
  • BS, Chemistry, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1988

Intellectual Contributions

Journal Article

  • van Breemen RB, Liang W, Banuvar S, Shulman LP, Pang Y, Tao Y, Nikolic DS, Krock KM, Chen S, Hedayat S, Bolton JL, Pauli GF, Piersen CE, Krause EC, Geller SE, Farnsworth NR. "Pharmacokinetics of 23-epi-26-deoxyactein in women after oral administration of a standardized extract of black cohosh.". Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. 2010;87(2):219-25. doi:10.1038/clpt.2009.251.
  • Geller SE, Shulman LP, van Breemen RB, Banuvar S, Zhou Y, Epstein G, Hedayat S, Nikolic DS, Krause EC, Piersen CE, Bolton JL, Pauli GF, Farnsworth NR. "Safety and efficacy of black cohosh and red clover for the management of vasomotor symptoms: a randomized controlled trial.". Menopause (New York, N.Y.). 2009;16(6):1156-66. doi:10.1097/gme.0b013e3181ace49b.
  • Piersen CE, Booth NL, Sun Y, Liang W, Burdette JE, van Breemen RB, Geller SE, Gu C, Banuvar S, Shulman LP, Bolton JL, Farnsworth NR. "Chemical and biological characterization and clinical evaluation of botanical dietary supplements: a phase I red clover extract as a model.". Current medicinal chemistry. 2004;11(11):1361-74.
  • Burdette JE, Liu J, Chen S, Piersen CE, Barker EL, Pezzuto JM, Mesecar A, van Breemen RB, Farnsworth NR, Bolton JL. "Black cohosh acts as a mixed competitive ligand and partial agonist of the serotonin receptor.". Journal of agricultural and food chemistry. 2003;51(19):5661-70. doi:10.1021/jf034264r.
  • Xu H, Piersen CE, Bolton JL, Pezzuto JM, Fong H, Totura S, Farnsworth NR, Constantinou AI. "A preliminary RAPD-PCR analysis of Cimicifuga species and other botanicals used for women's health.". Phytomedicine : international journal of phytotherapy and phytopharmacology. 2002;9(8):757-62. doi:10.1078/094471102321621403.