Prof. Cory Harris
Cory Harris
Associate Professor

GNN 272
(613) 562-5800 ext. 6601

Department of Biology


Dr. Harris' research combines laboratory, field and community-based approaches to study the roles of plants in human and ecological health. His research explores the ethnobotany, chemistry and bioactivity of plants with a current emphasis on native Canadian species used for food and medicine. Together with Inuit and First Nations communities as well as the private and public sectors, some of the ongoing projects include: health benefits (and risks) of wild plant foods, the antidiabetic and neuroprotective potential of berries, the chemical ecology of coneflower alkylamides, and the ethical and evidence-based use of alternative medicines by mainstream healthcare providers.

Selected publications

  • Liu R; Caram Salas NL; Li W; Wang L; Arnason JT; Harris CS* (2021). Interactions of Echinacea spp. root extracts and their active principles with the endocannabinoid system in vitro and peripheral inflammatory pain in vivo. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 12 :776.
  • Pusiak RJP, Cox C, Harris CS*. (2021). Growing pains: An overview of cannabis quality control and quality assurance in Canada. International Journal of Drug Policy, 103111. 
  • Liu R, Burkett K, Arnason JT, Johnson F, Hinz P, Baker J & Harris CS* (2021). Biochemometric analysis of Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Inhibition by Echinacea Root Extracts. Planta Medica, 87:294-304. 
  • Harris CS & Arnason JT (2020) Trends in NHP Research: Prospects and Challenges of Next Generation NHPs. Journal of Natural Health Product Research, 2 (2): 1-6.
  • Comeau ZJ, Boileau N, Lee T, Melville OW, Rice NA, Suchy M, Harris CS, Lessard BH, Shuhendler AJ (2019). On-The-Spot Detection and Speciation of Cannabinoids Using Organic Thin Film Transistors. ACS Sensors, 4, 2706-2715.
  • Foster BC, Abramovici H, Harris CS* (2019). Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Kinetics and Interactions. American Journal of Medicine, 132, 1266-1270.
  • Liu R, Dobson CC, Foster BC, Durst T, Sanchez P, Arnason JT, Harris CS* (2019). Effect of an anxiolytic botanical containing Souroubea sympetala and Platanus occidentalis on diazepam human cytochrome P450 mediated-metabolism. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 71, 429-437.
  • Rapinski M, Cuerrier A, Harris CS & Lemire M (2018). Our Sea, Our Health: Marine organisms, their classification and value in Nunavik, Quebec. Journal of Ethnobiology, 38, 333-356.

Research interests

  • Ethnobotany
  • Biodiversity
  • Chemical ecology
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)