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Professor Michael Heinrich

Professor of Pharmacognosy (Medicinal Plant research) 

Tel: 020 7753 5844
m.heinrich@ucl.ac.uk

Responsibilities

  • Cluster Lead – Biodiversity and Medicines
  • UCL School of Pharmacy Research Committee
  • ULLA Coordinator and representative of the School on the ULLA Executive Committee (European University Consortium for Pharmaceutical Sciences)
  • Member UCL Ethics Committee

Research interests

The group's research is based on a transdisciplinary perspective integrating approaches from the natural and social sciences with an overall aim of tackling the fast changing global health needs focusing on the use of plant derived products as ‘medicinal plants’, ‘health foods’ or nutraceuticals, botanicals and the like. It integrated methodological approaches from ethnopharmacology, medicinal plant research, pharmacy practice, and anthropology.

Specific scientific interests:

  • Bioactive natural products / pharmacognosy / and ethnobotany): metabolomic approaches in medicinal plant research , anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant natural products focusing on the transcription factor NF-kB and its pathway as molecular targets of natural product research, quality and safety of herbal medical products, intervention studies with herbal medicines
  • Sociocultural sciences: the importance of medicinal and food plants in global health, food and medicinal plant usage in the Mediterranean, México/ Central America/ migrant communities in London, history of medicinal plant use in Europe, value and supply chain of medicinal plants.

Teaching interests

Current teaching on the MPharm:

  • Second year pharmacognosy and medicinal plant research with a focus on the quality and safety of herbal medical products
  • Option Therapeutic uses of plants
  • Teaching related to ethnopharmacology, the use of CAM and herbal medicines throughout the course.

Current collaborations and partnerships

We have strong links with many research groups including collaborative projects with:

  • Birkbeck College (D. Johnston);
  • the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew (esp. M. Simmonds) ;
  • the University of Dresden (Prof. Neinhuis);
  • the University Hospital Freiburg (B. Fiebich);
  • the Botanic Garden at the University of Zurich (C. Weckerle);
  • the ETH Zurich (P. Edwards);
  • de Montfort University (A. Slater);
  • King Abdulazziz University, Jeddah; 
  • J. Goethe University, Frankfurt (G. Eckert);
  • IMDEA, Madrid (Fr. Visioli);
  • the University of Reading (E.M. Williamson)

Education

  • Pharmacognosist: biologist (Dr. rer nat.habil, Univ. Freiburg 1989, 1997, Dipl. Biol, 1985)
  • and anthropologist (M.A., Wayne State Univ, 1982)

Prof Michael Heinrich

Address

Room 204
UCL Scool of Pharmacy
29-39 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AX

Appointments

  • Professor/ Head of Centre
    SoP Pharmaceutical & Bio Chemistry
    UCL School of Pharmacy

Joined UCL

1999-12-01

The group's research is based on a transdisciplinary perspective integrating approaches from the natural and social sciences with an overall aim of tackling the fast changing global health needs focusing on the use of plant derived products as ‘medicinal plants’, ‘health foods’ or nutraceuticals, botanicals and the like. It integrated methodological approaches from ethnopharmacology, medicinal plant research, pharmacy practice, and anthropology.

Specific scientific interests:

• Bioactive natural products / pharmacognosy / and ethnobotany): metabolomic approaches in medicinal plant research , anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant natural products focusing on the transcription factor NF-kB and its pathway as molecular targets of natural product research, quality and safety of herbal medical products, intervention studies with herbal medicines

• Sociocultural sciences: Food and medicinal plant usage in the Mediterranean, México/ Central America/ migrant communities in London, history of medicinal plant use in Europe, value and supply chain of medicinal plants.

Pharmaceutical biologist (Dr. rer nat.habil, Univ. Freiburg 1989, 1997, Dipl. Biol, 1985) / pharmacognosist, and anthropologist (M.A., Wayne State Univ, 1982), with a many years of research experience in a multitude of generally transdisciplinary aspects of medicinal and food plant research (esp. bioactive natural products), as well as at the interface of cultural and natural sciences especially on the traditional use of food and medicinal plants for example in Mexico and the Mediterranean.

Career

•Since 2012 Head and Professor at the Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, UCL School of Pharmacy, London (UK)

•2011 - 2012 Founding director Southern Cross Plant Science, Southern Cross University, Australia (on Leave of Absence from The School of Pharmacy, Univ. London)

•1999 - 2011 Head and Professor at the Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, The School of Pharmacy, London (UK)

•1993 -1999 Hochschulassistent (C1; lecturer 1993 - 1997) and Privatdozent (‘associate professor’, 1997 – 1999) and researcher at the School of Chemistry and Pharmacy (Inst. of Pharmaceutical Biology), University of Freiburg.