Holly Johnson Ph.D.

Chief Science Officer
American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)


Holly E. Johnson Ph.D., is the Chief Science Officer for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). She previously served for three years as Laboratory Director for Alkemist Labs, an ISO 17025 accredited natural products testing lab specializing in botanical dietary supplements.

Dr. Johnson took her Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy at the College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC), under renowned Pharmacognosist and researcher Dr. Norman Farnsworth. Holly was awarded a National Institutes for Health (NIH) Fellowship and trained at the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for EthnoMedicine studying the etiology of neurodegenerative disease, and also worked for Waters Corporation conducting technical training and regulatory consulting for pharmaceutical and supplements companies.

She is currently a Research Associate with the National Tropical Botanical Garden and serves on AOAC working groups, stakeholders panels and expert review panels for Foods and Dietary Supplements. She is a member of the United States Pharmacoepia’s (USP) Medical Cannabis Expert Panel, the Editorial Board of the Journal of AOAC International, and she serves on the Advisory Boards of the American Botanical Council and the American Herbal Pharmacoepia. Holly has over 20 years experience working with natural products & botanicals and spent many happy years conducting research on medicinal plants and giving courses at the University of Hawaii.


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