Michael Tims, Ph.D

Michael Tims received his Bachelor of Arts in English/Writing from George Mason University in 1983. A professional career followed in the herbal supplement industry including positions as managing partner of Cash Grocer Natural Foods, as a clinical herbalist in Alexandria, VA. As an academic researcher he has investigated the potential role or American mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum) lectins in the pathogenesis of host trees; characterized the chemical ecology of Hydrastis canadensis rhizosphere; isolated pyrrolizidine alkaloids from comfrey (Symphytum officinale); developed analytical methods for green tea (Camellia sinensis) catechins, the isoflavonoids and lignans found in kudzu (Pueria lobata), soy (Glycine max), and red clover (Trifolium pratense), as well as the glycosides, aromatic acids and flavonoids found in black cohosh (Actea raceomosa).

Dr. Tims collaborated with federal regulators providing medicinal plant toxicity assessment, co-developed HerbMed, a web-based herbal database providing access to the scientific data on the use and safety of herbal medicine, and completed a NIH/NIST postdoctoral fellowship researching botanical Standard Reference Materials (SRMs). He has taught biology at the University of Maryland, Trinity University and Montgomery College.

Dr. Tims built Radix Medicina to provides writing services for biology textbooks, editorial services for primary research papers, and design support for analytical methods development and field experiments for the herbal products industry. He also created and writes a science blog, Bardo's Calculus, as well as an artist and writers blog, Hyattstown Millstone.  Currently he is Academic Director for Herbal Programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health.