Conferencia: Plantas medicinales y los retos de Covid-19: Oportunidades terapéuticas o una distracción científica?
Professor of Ethnopharmacology and Pharmacognosy, Pharma & Bio Chemistry, University College London, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Life Sciences Career Pharmaceutical biologist (Dr. rer nat.habil, Univ. Freiburg 1989, 1997, Dipl. Biol, 1985)/pharmacognosist, and anthropologist (M.A., Wayne State Univ, 1982), with a many years of research experience in a multitude of generally transdisciplinary aspects of medicinal and food plant research (esp. bioactive natural products), as well as at the interface of cultural and natural sciences especially on the traditional use of food and medicinal plants for example in Mexico and the Mediterranean.
  • Since 2012 Head and Professor at the Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, UCL School of Pharmacy, London (UK)
  • 2011 - 2012 Founding director Southern Cross Plant Science, Southern Cross University, Australia (on Leave of Absence from The School of Pharmacy, Univ. London)
  • 1999 - 2011 Head and Professor at the Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, The School of Pharmacy, London (UK)
  • 1993-1999 Hochschulassistent (C1; lecturer 1993 - 1997) and Privatdozent (‘associate professor’, 1997 – 1999) and researcher at the School of Chemistry and Pharmacy (Inst. of Pharmaceutical Biology), University of Freiburg. 
Specific scientific interests:
  • Bioactive natural products / pharmacognosy / and ethnobotany): metabolomic approaches in medicinal plant research , anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant natural products focusing on the transcription factor NF-kB and its pathway as molecular targets of natural product research, quality and safety of herbal medical products, intervention studies with herbal medicines
  • Sociocultural sciences: Food and medicinal plant usage in the Mediterranean, México/ Central America/ migrant communities in London, history of medicinal plant use in Europe, value and supply chain of medicinal plants.
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