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Bethany G Elkington

Research Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences



833 S. Wood Street, Chicago, IL, 60612

Selected Publications

  • Henkin JM, Sydara K, Xayveu M, Onevilay S, Douglas KA, Joanna BE, Wei-Lun C, Elkington BG, Soejarto DD. “Revisiting the linkage between ethnomedical use and development of new medicines: A novel plant collection strategy towards the discovery of anticancer agents.”. Journal of Medicinal Plant Research. 2017;11(40):621-634.
  • Tibiri A, Sawadogo WR, Dao A, Elkington BG, Ouedraogo N, Guissou IP. “Indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants among Dozo hunters: an ethnobotanical survey in Niamberla village, Burkina Faso.”. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2015;21(5):294-303. doi:10.1089/acm.2014.0016.
  • Elkington BG, Soejarto DD, Sydara K. “Ethnobotany of Tuberculosis in Laos”. New York, NY: Springer Briefs in Plant Science; 2014.
  • Sydara K, Xayveu M, Souliya O, Elkington BG, Soejarto DD. “Inventory of medicinal plants of the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic: A mini review”. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research. 2014;8(43):1262-1274.
  • Elkington BG, Phiapalath P, Sydara K, Somsamouth V, Goodsmith NI, Soejarto DD. “Assessment of the importance of medicinal plants among communities around Khiat Ngong of southern Laos.”. Journal of Environmental Biology. 2014;35(4):607-15.
  • Elkington BG, Sydara K, Newsome A, Hwang CH, Lankin DC, Simmler C, Napolitano JG, Ree R, Graham JG, Gyllenhaal C, Bouamanivong S, Souliya O, Pauli GF, Franzblau SG, Soejarto DD. “New finding of an anti-TB compound in the genus Marsypopetalum (Annonaceae) from a traditional herbal remedy of Laos.”. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2014;151(2):903-11. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2013.11.057.
  • Elkington BG, Sydara K, Hartmann JF, Southavong B, Soejarto DD. “Folk Epidemiology Recorded in Palm Leaf Manuscripts of Laos.”. Journal of Lao Studies. 2013;3(1):1-14.
  • Gyllenhaal C, Kadushin MR, Southavong B, Sydara K, Bouamanivong S, Xaiveu M, Xuan LT, Hiep NT, Hung NV, Loc PK, Dac LX, Bich TQ, Cuong NM, Ly HM, Zhang HJ, Franzblau SG, Xie H, Riley MC, Elkington BG, Nguyen HT, Waller DP, Ma CY, Tamez P, Tan GT, Pezzuto JM, Soejarto DD. “Ethnobotanical approach versus random approach in the search for new bioactive compounds: support of a hypothesis.”. Pharmaceutical Biology. 2012;50(1):30-41. doi:10.3109/13880209.2011.634424.
  • Elkington BG, Southavong B, Sydara K, Bouamanivong S, Souliya O, Xayveu M, Vanthanouvong M, Riley M, Panyachit B, Thammachak B, Soejarto DD. The Search for Anti-Malarial Plants in Lao Palm- Leaf Manuscripts. Karen L. Adams and Thomas J. Hudak. Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Lao Studies. Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University; 2010: 277-287
  • Elkington BG, Southavong B, Sydara K, Souliya O, Vanthanouvong M, Nettavong K, Thammachack B, Pak DH, Riley MC, Franzblau SG, Soejarto DD. “Biological evaluation of plants of Laos used in the treatment of tuberculosis in Lao traditional medicine.”. Pharmaceutical Biology. 2009;47(1):26-33. doi:10.1080/13880200802398002.
  • Notable Honors

    2010, NIH Fellow - Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), National Institutes of Health - National Center For Complementary & Alternative Medicine

    2009, Fulbright Fellow, United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs


  • PhD, Pharmacognosy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BS, Biology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Pharmacognosy
  • Society for Economic Botany