I am PhD Candidate of Plant.ID, a MSCA-ITN funded network. Commonly, we contribute to the molecular identification of plants. With a scientific background as a molecular ecosystem scientist (B.Sc. University of Goettingen) and my experience with medicinal plants as a horticulturalist (M.Sc. Humboldt University, Berlin in cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna), I work on an interdisciplinary approach for the study and authentication of herbal medicines. At the Department of Pharmacy and the Natural History Museum (NHM), University of Oslo, I study and develop novel authentication methods in particular for Chinese medicinal plants and herbal products and shed light on modern aspects of traditional medicines. I am supervised by Helle Wangensteen, Hugo de Boer, and Kristin Odlo Høye from the Norwegian Medicine Agency. My training partner is Caroline Howard, who is based at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in the UK.
I focus specifically on Chinese medicinal plants used in women's healthcare. My work is based on ethnopharmacological,- botanical and biological research methods. I apply shotgun sequencing, DNA metabarcoding and chromatographic, NMR-based chemical approaches, such as bioassays and bioequivalence testings to ensure the safety and quality of traditional Chinese herbal products on the European market.
I am experienced with molecular and chemical-analytical methods for plants, I have co-established an innovative cultivation method for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs), conducted phyto-sourcing, primary processing, and conservation activities for MAPs in consideration of Good Agricultural Collection Practice (GACP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and practiced integrated pest management. I collected my subsequent work experiences especially at the Hellenic Agricultural Organization (HAO Dimiter), Crete, at SupAgro, Montpellier and at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna.