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The College of Pharmacy of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and its medicinal plant resource, the Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plants Garden , is a member of a consortium to study and to understand the complete formation, storage and regulation of plant-derived medicinal compounds at the enzyme and gene level ("Transcriptome characterization sequencing and assembly of medicinal plants relevant to human health"). This research consortium is based at the Institute of Biological Chemistry (IBC) , Washington State University, WA (WSU), and directed by Dr. Norman G. Lewis (Principal Investigator and Director of IBC). Other institutions in the consortium are Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC) (St. Louis, MO) and National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR) (Santa Fe, NM). The project is funded by a grant from the US National Institutes of Health, Grant number 5 RC2 GM092561-02.

The role of UIC in this collaborative, multidisciplinary research is the acquisition and documentation of plants investigated in the project. Living documentation of the plants investigated in the project (potted plants) is maintained in the greenhouse of the UIC Pharmacognosy Field Station, Downer's Grove, IL, and at the Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plants Garden of the College of Pharmacy, 833 S. Wood St., Chicago, IL. Additionally, dried voucher herbarium specimens are also preserved and deposited in the John G. Searle Herbarium of the Field Museum, Chicago.