Our Team

Hugo de Boer

I work with molecular identification of processed plant products in trade, specifically of medicinal plant species susceptible to adulteration, overharvested and endangered taxa, and monitoring of cross-border trade in CITES-listed species.

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Vincent Manzanilla

Medicinal plants are the perfect bridge between evolutionary biology and my personal interests: I always have been fascinated by plant genetics, evolution and chaos. I am familiar with the broad processes and particular detail of evolution through the study of different organisms and approaches, such as insect-plant co-evolution, mitochondrial genome evolution in mushrooms, gene duplication and Legume phylogeny.

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Sarina Veldman

My PhD focuses on the identification of traded medicinal plants and edible orchids from Tanzania. Both the medicinal plants and edible orchids that are used in Tanzania are harvested from the wild.

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Ancuta Cristina Raclariu

Monitoring and authentication of herbal food supplements is complicated as products often contain highly processed and biologically degraded ingredients. The aim of my PhD project is to gather information, test, develop and apply innovative molecular identification methodologies to herbal products using real life case scenarios and also to investigate the drivers behind substitution and adulteration of herbal food supplements.

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Abdolbaset Ghorbani

My research is focused on ethnobotany, economic botany, ethnoecology, plant ecology and sustainable use of plant resources in a broad sense. Molecular identification of medicinal plants from trade and ethnobotanical studies using DNA barcoding is also one of my main research activities.

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Yingzi Ju

I’m a master student at Uppsala university specializing in genetics and molecular plant sciences. At the de Boer Lab, I’m doing my research training and MSc research with Sarina Veldman.

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Seoljong Kim

I am an MSc student in the Plant and Forest Biotechnology program at the University of Umeå, and doing my MSc research under supervision of Sarina Veldman and Hugo de Boer, on mapping harvesting and trade in Zambian edible orchids. This project is a collaboration with Ruth Bone at RBG Kew

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Samuel Perini

I have done research on ethnobotany, and specifically on economic botany and sustainable use of plant resources. In my research, we test both single and mixtures of chemically modified essential oils against the most common haematophagous arthropods. I finished my MSc research in April 2016.

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Kate Salome Barbour

I am a MEME Erasmus Mundus in Evolutionary Biology student who will be working on a collaborative project between the de Boer Lab and the Kramer Lab of Harvard's Organismic and Evolutionary Biology department {http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/kramer/Site/Home.html} in spring 2016.

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Sugir Selliah

I am fascinated by the evolution and diversity of plants, especially with regards to how these have been influenced by humans over time. I like challenges and get enthusiastic when it comes to investigating these complex biological puzzles. In April 2016 I started my PhD research at the University of Zurich within the Marie Curie ITN MedPlant.

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Seethapathy GS

I am interested in the study of medicinal drugs derived from natural sources. This research field, pharmacognosy, is an interdisciplinary science that encapsulates fields such as ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, natural product chemistry, drug discovery, bioprospecting, and intellectual property rights.

Apart from my main core research on medicinal plants, I also have great interest in the study of ‘Scientometrics’. Broadly, I am interested in learning about academic journals and scholarly publication and ...

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