D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.
Division of Extramural Research
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
6707 Democracy Boulevard II, Suite 401
Bethesda, MD 20892 (Courier Service - 20817)
One of Dr. Hopp’s primary responsibilities as a program officer at NCCAM is the administration of the product integrity policy. This involves evaluation of proposed study materials to ensure they are safe and properly characterized. Additionally, he is the coordinator for the NCCAM Small Business Innovative Research program, the Botanical Research Centers, and other natural products projects supported by NCCAM. Dr. Hopp uses his expertise and experience in the field of natural products to help shape research priorities at NCCAM.
Dr. Hopp received his B.S. in chemistry from James Madison University in 1993 and his Ph.D. in pharmacognosy from Purdue University in 1997. As a postdoctoral researcher at Shaman Pharmaceuticals, he used his knowledge of indigenous cultures from around the world regarding medicinal plants to aid in the discovery of new pharmaceutical agents. While with Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Hopp discovered and obtained multiple patents on antihyperglycemic compounds. Subsequently, he worked at an herbal company, Phyto-Technologies, for 2 years where he was responsible for research and development on multiple herb formulas used in traditional Chinese medicine. Prior to joining NCCAM, Dr. Hopp worked for AMRI, located outside of Seattle. There he was a senior research scientist responsible for the isolation and identification of compounds from a variety of natural sources with activity in a wide range of therapeutic targets.