Sugir Selliah

Sugir Selliah


Position: Department of Systematic Botany, University of Zürich, Switzerland

About me

Intrinsically related, plants and human civilizations have ingeniously evolved within their environment. Although ancient, the contribution of plants is undeniably significant in our everyday life as food, transportation, medicine, ritual and spiritual beliefs. I am fascinated by the evolution and diversity of plants, especially how human shaped their environment. I am driven by challenges and get enthusiastic when it comes to investigate complex biological puzzles. My academic background is in molecular systematics and evolution in plants. I have worked on the evolution and biogeography of North American Compositae. I have collaborated on DNA barcoding and metabarcoding of terrestrial orchids traded as salep in Asia Minor.

  • Associated researcher in Hugo de Boer group, in Natural History Museum of Oslo.
  • MSc. in biological science, molecular systematics and evolution. University of Montreal.
  • BSc. in biology, University of Montreal

Why did you want to become part of MedPlant?
I appreciate working with passionate people in creative environment. Being part of Medplant network is a unique opportunity for me to broad my professional network and build close collaborations in a multidisciplinary research team.

What do you hope to achieve as part of MedPlant?
I hope to conduce exciting research among MedPlant network and communicate to a broad range of audience on how profuse and precious is the biodiversity.

What do you hope to do after MedPlant?
Medplant is a starting point to ground my research and experiment the concept of interdisciplinarity for future projects.