Chief Growth Officer
Precision Plant Molecules
Director of Cannabis Studies, Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Andrea Holmes has been a Professor of Chemistry at Doane University since 2005. Dr. Andrea Holmes is one of the co-founders and Chief Growth Officer of Precision Plant Molecules, a premier hemp extraction company that is focused on THC free and minor cannabinoids. In her role, Dr. Holmes explored the needs of the current cannabis industry and identified the markets that still have great potential for growth. Dr. Holmes was also scientist at a state certified testing facility, AgriScience Labs in Denver, where she tested marijuana consumer products for potency, pesticides, terpenes, residual solvents, yeast, molds, salmonella, and e-coli. Dr. Holmes received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at New York University and was a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral Fellow at Columbia University in the Department of Chemistry and Columbia Medical College, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. At Doane University, she has received more than $5 Million in federal grant funding, including the Presidential Early Career Award funded by the National Science Foundation. Her work with students led to 3 patents and nearly 40 peer reviewed publications co-authored by her students. Dr. Holmes is passionate about teaching organic chemistry at Doane and is an expert in cannabis chemistry, colorimetric testing methods of drugs, organic synthesis, nano-deposition methods, field deployable sensors, surface patterning for anti-fouling surfaces. Dr. Holmes is currently in the process of transferring her intellectual property for deployable sensors to detect warfare agents and other analytes to major companies in the US.