With pharmacy and botany as background, Dr. Cantoria's researches dealt particularly on the morphology, physiology and biochemistry of drug plants. She has done basic studies on the pharmacognosy of agar, rauwolfia, datura, mint and Piper species.
For her paper on the morphology and anatomy of Rauvofia vomitoria Afz, Dr. Cantoria received the Edwin Leigh Newcomb Award in pharmacognosy given by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education in 1954 and again in 1962 (with Edward S. Mika) on the growth and development of Datura stramonium L. She is also recipient of Phi Sigma Awards for marked distinction in biology, 1951 and Most Outstanding Phi Sigman, 1977.
Birthdate: 25 October 1924
Died: 30 December 2008
- B.S. Pharmacy - University of the Philippines 1947
- M.S. Botany - Univeristy of the Philippines 1951
- M.S. Pharmacognosy - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy 1955
- Ph.D. Botany (Plant Physiology) - University of Chicago 1961
- Summer Course - Padiation Biology - Argonne National Laboratory 1961
- UNESCO Regional Training Course - Plant Physiology - University of Delhi - 1965