Michael Heinrich

Research Cluster Biodiversity and Medicines, Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London, London, UK

Michael Heinrich is a Professor of Ethnopharmacology and Medicinal Plant Research (Pharmacognosy) and was until 2017 the head of the research cluster ‘Biodiversity and Medicines’ at the UCL School of Pharmacy. He currently serves as the joint chair of UCL’s Research Ethics Committee (with Dr. L. Ang, Institute of Education, UCL).

The group's research is based on a transdisciplinary perspective integrating approaches from the biomedical and social sciences with an overall aim of tackling the fast changing global health needs and an interest in the sustainable and equitable development of high value herbal medical products (botanicals). Key areas of interest include the food based prevention and early stage management of diabetes / metabolic syndrome and other chronic conditions based on the use of traditional foods and medicines as well as value chains of (herbal) medicinal products. The research integrates methodological approaches from ethnopharmacology, natural product research, public health research, and anthropology.

He obtained his ‘MSc’ in Biology and Dr. rer nat. habil. from the University of Freiburg, Germany and a Masters of Arts in anthropology from Wayne State University, USA. Professor Heinrich has many years’ research experience in transdisciplinary aspects of medicinal and food plant research (especially bioactive natural products), as well as more broadly at the interface of cultural and natural sciences. He is, among other responsibilities, Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology as well as Reviews Editor of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. He has published more than 300 full papers and his work is highly cited. (for a comprehensive list see https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=MHEIN39) with about 14,000 recorded citations in Google Scholar (June 2018)

Terms of Appointment: May 2018 - May 2020