Marco Leonti graduated from the Department of Biology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1996. He conducted ethnobotanical and anthropological field research in Mexico from 1999 to 2000. He got his Ph.D. degree in pharmacognosy from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland, in 2003 focusing on the ethnopharmacological, phytochemical and biological evaluation of indigenous medicinal plants. In 2003, he joined the “Local Food Nutraceuticals” EU-Project at the Centre of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy of the London School of Pharmacy, UK. Since 2006, he has been working as a Postdoc Fellow at the “Dipartimento Farmaco Chimico Tecnologico” at the University of Cagliari, Italy, where he is engaged in the isolation and structure elucidation of cannabimimetic, antibacterial, and cytotoxic secondary metabolites from plants. His research interests focus mainly on the cultural history of human plant use and the rationale of human plant selection for medicine and nutrition.
Biography Updated on 12 September 2012