Program Director

Monique McHenry, PhD

Monique McHenry, PhD is a botanist with a background in plant diversity and evolution. She is the director of the Medical Cannabis Center for Research and Education and co-director of the cannabis pharmacology course at the University of Vermont Medical School. She is also Co-Founder of the CASE Institute, a plant-based pharmaceutical research enterprise. Dr. McHenry completed her BA and MSc at the University of Colorado, and her PhD at the University of Vermont.

Program Instructor


Linda Klumpers, PhD


Linda Klumpers, PhD has over 13 years of experience in cannabinoid research and management consulting. She began studying cannabinoids in humans in 2006 and her research includes agonist-antagonist interactions, pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (modeling) studies, and bio-equivalency studies for various administration forms. Dr. Klumpers founded Tomori Pharmacology and BIRD Life Science Consulting. Tomori Pharmacology operates as Cannify, which offers educational materials on cannabis science and a quiz to guide patients and clinicians on science-based cannabis product decision-making. She also serves as a consultant for Verdient Science and has previously consulted for A.T. Kearney Management Consultants. Dr. Klumpers earned a M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacology of Cannabinoids during training at the Leiden University Medical Center.

William Cats-Baril, PhD

William Cats-Baril, PhD is as an Associate Professor for Information and Decision Sciences in the Grossman School of Business. Dr. Cats-Baril has worked closely with the medical community, in particular the orthopedic and plastic surgery communities, for the last 25 years. He was a Principal Investigator in the Vermont Rehabilitation Engineering Center (VREC) where he developed a predictive risk model of low back pain disability. His current research interests include the design of integrated health care delivery systems, the prevention of suicide, and strategies to address the opiate crisis.

Heather Darby, PhD

Heather Darby, PhD is an agronomic and soils specialist for the University of Vermont Extension. Dr. Darby research focuses on sustainable agriculture and promotion of environmental stewardship of the land. She is involved with implementing many research and outreach programs in the areas of fuel, forage and grain production systems in New England. Areas of expertise include soil quality and nutrient management, water quality, organic farming, hops, hemp, oilseed crops, milkweed, and biofuel production. She received her MS from the University of Wisconsin in Agronomy and her Ph.D. in Crops and Soils at Oregon State University.

Kalev Freeman, MD, PhD

Kalev Freeman, MD, PhD is a physician-scientist with a background in molecular biology and specific research interest in inflammation and injury. He is co-founder of the CASE Institute, a plant-based pharmaceutical research enterprise. He completed his BA at the University of Michigan, and both his MD and PhD at the University of Colorado, where he specialized in molecular biology.

Scott Lewins, MS

Scott Lewins has conducted applied agricultural research on farms throughout Vermont since 2006. His research has focused on biological control of agricultural pests through enhancing native natural enemy communities, and his areas of expertise include entomology, biological control, insect agroecology, and sustainable agriculture.Dr. Lewins received his B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from State University of NY College and his M.S. in Entomology from University of Maryland.

John MacKay, PhD

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John MacKay, PhD is Associate Professor for UVM’s Department of Pharmacology, Chief Technology Officer for NewBridge Global Ventures, and Founder of Synergistic Technologies Associates. His research is focused on analytical testing, extraction techniques, and purification techniques related to medical cannabis. Dr. MacKay earned a B.A. in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University and a Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in Inorganic Chemistry.

John McPartland, DO, MS

Beginning cannabinoid research in 1981, John MacPartland, DO, MS has researched the history and evolution of the cannabis plant, synergistic action of cannabis compounds, and therapeutic uses of medical cannabis. He received his BS in Botany and Chemistry from Penn State, his MS in Plant Pathology from University of Illinois, and his Doctor of Osteopathy from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Vinnie Zachary

Vinnie Zachary is a lifelong research scientist who is currently serving as the acting Laboratory Director of Nutraceutical Science Laboratories (NSL) in Waterbury, VT. Prior positions include R&D Project Leader for Haematologic Technologies, Inc. and Research Assistant for Dr. Kenneth G. Mann’s laboratory at the University of Vermont. He completed a Bachelor’s in Chemistry at Skidmore College and studied Bio-inorganic chemistry at Utah State University for graduate school.

Wolfgang Dostmann, PhD

Wolfgang Dostmann, PhD is a professor of pharmacology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and teaches a course on cannabis pharmacology.  His research interests focus on the topic of second messenger signaling, and he and his team specialize in research on the contraction function of muscle cells in blood vessels. Dr. Dostmann’s research is stimulated by and integrated through the use of a large variety of methods and techniques ranging from organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, biophysics, physiology and pharmacology.