Department: MedPlant Fellows
Position: PhD-stud., School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, UK
During my studies in Biology at the University of Zurich, I focused on the evolution of flowering plants and I became very passionate about plant life in alpine areas. I conducted my MSc thesis in the beautiful Western Alps in Switzerland and France and I particularly enjoyed the long hikes in the wild. After graduating, I was employed as a research assistant at the herbarium of the University of Zurich. In 2013 I had the possibility to work for the foundation Info Flora in Geneva which is responsible for gathering and analysing plant distribution data in Switzerland. Although my main interest lies in population genetics and evolution I was always fascinated by the interaction of plants and people and the PhD project at the University of Reading allows to unite and combine my interests in systematics, population genetics and ethnobotany.
Why did you want to become part of MedPlant?
MedPlant offers a wonderful opportunity to do high-quality research in a multidisciplinary field and to engage with the very diverse aspects of ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology.
What do you hope to achieve as part of MedPlant?
I hope to increase the knowledge about the mechanisms of global medicinal plant trade and the quality control of medicinal plant products. Furthermore, MedPlant offers many possibilities for collaborations within the EU.
What do you hope to do after MedPlant?
I hope to have developed my skills to a level where I can start to build up my own research and to continue in academia.