Marco Leonti graduated in Biology at the University of Basel (CH) in 1996. From
1999 to 2000 he conducted ethnomedical and anthropological field research in
Mexico and got his PhD degree in pharmacognosy from the ETH (CH) in 2003, with
a study focusing on the ethnopharmacological, phytochemical and biological
evaluation of indigenous medicinal plants. After post-doc positions at the London
School of Pharmacy and the University of Cagliari (Italy), he was made Associate
Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Cagliari,
where he teaches pharmacognosy. He is currently engaged in the isolation and
structure elucidation of cannabimimetic, antibacterial, and cytotoxic secondary
metabolites from plants and traditional medicines. His research follows evolutionary
approaches and focuses mainly on the cultural history of human plant use and the
rationale of human plant selection for medicine and nutrition.

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