Madeleine Ernst

Madeleine Ernst


Position: PhD-stud., Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


About me

Plants, their enormous species richness and high social, economic and medicinal importance in human society always fascinated me. After graduating in Pharmaceutical Sciences, I did an MSc degree in the area of natural products chemistry. My thesis research focused on using metabolic fingerprinting by matrix- assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for the taxonomic classification of plant species from a biodiversity hotspot in the Brazilian Savanna. I’m fascinated by the world’s rich biodiversity and see the exploration of evolutionary relationships in plants, their chemical compounds and diverse uses as an essential part for the appreciation and sustainable use of biodiversity resources. I also enjoy exploring different bioinformatics tools, at present I am using R for my data analysis.

  • 2014: PhD student at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen under the MedPlant Marie Curie Initial Training Network.
  • 2011-2013: MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Natural and Synthetic Products) at the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.
  • 2007-2010: BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Basel, Switzerland.
  • 2006-2007: Chinese language course at the Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing, China.

Why did you want to become part of MedPlant?
I have a broad range of interests and highly enjoy working with diverse fields of research, the interdisciplinary nature of the MedPlant network makes it a perfect fit.

What do you hope to achieve as part of MedPlant?
I hope to do exciting research and fascinate people for the world’s abundant and precious biodiversity.

What do you hope to do after MedPlant?
I hope to continue doing exciting research in an interdisciplinary environment.