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Tristesse Burton, MD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, PREMIER T32

Department of Medicine, Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics


Dr. Burton completed her research training in Pharmacognosy (developing medicines from plants and natural products) with a focus in medical ethnobotany (how people use plants as medicine) from UIC’s College of Pharmacy. She has over 10 years of interdisciplinary and collaborative research experience, including working within the fields of phytochemistry, pharmacognosy, anthropology, nutrition sciences, and health disparities research that collaborates with American Indian communities. Her long-term research goals are centered around examining the role of plant-based interventions in improving women’s health, particularly focusing on eliminating health disparities for American Indian and African American women.


Northwestern University, Master of Science in Law
University of Illinois at Chicago, Doctor of Philosophy
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Science