PhD Candidate, Economic Botany Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Royal Holloway

I am an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in science and currently studying the history of medicine. I am interested in botanical sources of medicines and am undertaking a PhD on the history of quinine drug development in the world's largest cinchona bark collection found in the Economic Botany Department of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. My work there is partnered with Royal Holloway, University of London. I am also the author of 'Just the tonic: A natural history of tonic water' (Kew Publishing, 2019).

I am funded by AHRC through the Techne Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) supported by the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Historical Geography, Economic Botany, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Royal Holloway

Education

  • 2021 
    Royal Holloway, PhD in Progress
  • 2015 
    University of Westminster, MSc Herbal Medicine (Research)