Dipartimento di Scienze biomediche

2015: Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Cagliari. Teaching: Pharmacognosy
2010-2014: Research fellow at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences of the       University of Cagliari.
2006-2010: Post doctoral research position at the “Dipartimento Farmaco Chimico Tecnologico” of the faculty of pharmacy (University of Cagliari), (Progetto Rientro Cervelli).
2003-2004: Post doctoral research position at the School of Pharmacy (ULSOP), Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, London.
2002: PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences in Pharmacognosy.
1996: Laurea in Biologia (Università di Basilea)


Marco Leonti was born in 1969 in Basel (Switzerland) and graduated in Biology at the University of Basel 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.


Affiliation: International Society for Ethnopharmacology (ISE)

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