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PhD from University College London in Ethnopharmacy and Pharmacognosy (2014). Research thesis focused on the value chains of Curcuma longa (Turmeric) and how different value chains can affect both the livelihoods of the producing farmers and the quality of the finished products. Two post-doctoral projects investigated the quality of herbal medicinal products and their ingredients.

Published in a wide variety of scientific journals and books and current research interests focus on the use of plant metabolomics and how this can be used to improve the quality of traditional medicines.

Currently senior lecturer in  Chinese herbal medicine and medicinal plant science at the University of Westminster.

Associate Editor for Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology and a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

Professional and academic memberships include, Member of The British Pharmacopoeia expert advisory group on Complementary Medicines, Member of The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Member of The Royal Society of Chemistry and Fellow of The Linnean Society.


Senior Lecturer in Chinese herbal medicine and medicinal plant science.


Value chains of herbal medicines, adulteration and quality assurance of herbal medicines, ethnopharmacological studies.

PhD project supervisor - The quality and safety of Chinese herbal medicines entering the UK market, In vitro and In vivo pharmacology of Echinacea purpurea, Investigation of traditional medicinal plants of Pakistan.


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.