Editorial Board

Planta Medica

An International Journal of Natural Products and Medicinal Plant Research


Veronika Butterweck, Switzerland


Alessandra Braca, Italy
Robert Fürst, Germany
Olivier Potterat, Switzerland
José-Luis Ríos, Spain
Judith Rollinger, Austria

Editorial Office
René Prétôt, Switzerland


Veronika Butterweck

Muttenz, Switzerland – Editor-in-Chief

Veronika Butterweck is Professor at the Institute of Pharma Technology at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Muttenz, Switzerland. She received her license as a pharmacist in (1993) and PhD (1997) in Pharmacy from the University of Münster, Germany. Prof. Butterweck was a Postdocotral Fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland, in 1999 and 2001. She received the venia legendi (Habilitation) for Pharmacology in 2003 from the University of Münster, Germany. From 2003 until 2011 she joined the College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutics at the University of Florida as Associate Professor. Prof. Butterweck has published over 80 scientific publications and given over 50 presentations at national or international meetings. Prof. Butterweck is Editor in Chief of Planta Medica and member of the Editorial Board of Phytotherapy Research, Journal of Natural Products, and of the Advisory Board of the Amercian Botanical Council. She is further a member of Commission E (Scientific advisory board of the "Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte"; the German equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)) which provides scientific advice for the approval of substances and products used in traditional, folk and herbal medicine.


Alessandra Braca

Pisa, Italy – Editor

Prof. Alessandra Braca has completed her degree (1996) and PhD (2000) at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Pisa University where she was also a post-doc fellow (2000-2002). From 2004 until 2006 she was researcher of Pharmaceutical Biology at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Pisa University. In the years 2006-2015 she was Associate Professor and now she was nominated as Full Professor. Since 2013, she is also Director of the three years Degree Course in Herbal Sciences. Her main research field is natural product chemistry, phytochemistry, and medicinal/food plants used in folk medicine of European, Latin American, African and Asian countries. She has authored or coauthored approx. 130 publications. She won the Egon Stahl Award in Silver 2007 of the Society for Medicinal Plant Research (GA). Since 2006 she is Associate Editor of Natural Product Communications and member of the Editorial Board of Phytochemistry Letters. Since 2016 she is Editor of Planta Medica.

Robert Fürst

Frankfurt, Germany – Editor

University education
1996-2000 Studies of pharmacy, University of Munich
2001 “Approbation” as pharmacist
2002-2005 PhD (“summa cum laude”), University of Munich, Mentor: Alexandra K. Kiemer and Angelika M. Vollmar
2005-2007 Postdoc, University of Munich, Mentor: Angelika M. Vollmar
Professional career
2007-2011 Habilitation in “Pharmaceutical Biology” and “Pharmacology”, University of Munich
2011-2012 “Privatdozent” for Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Munich
since 11/2012 Full Professor (W3), Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology, Goethe University Frankfurt
Functions and Honors
2005 Carl-Wilhelm-Scheele-Award of the DPhG (German Pharmaceutical Society)
2007 Rudolf-Buchheim-Award of the DGPT (German Society for Pharmacology and Toxicology)
2013 Bionorica Phytoneering-Award of the GA (Society of Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research)
2013 Prize for Excellent Teaching of the Faculty of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Goethe University Frankfurt
since 2013 Chairman of the DPhG-Landesgruppe Hessen
since 2014 Member of the Board of Directors of the GA (Society of Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research)
since 2014 Editorial Board Member of the journal Phytomedicine
since 2015 Member of the Advisory Board of the “Fachinformationsdienst Pharmazie”, University of Braunschweig
since 2015 Member of the Executive Board of the “Akademie für Pharmazeutische Fortbildung” of the Landesapothekerkammer Hessen
since 2015 Member of the steering committee of the graduate school “Translational Research Innovation – Pharma (TRIP)” funded by the Else Kröner-Fresenius foundation
since 2016 Editor of Planta Medica

Olivier Potterat

Basel, Switzerland – Editor

Olivier Potterat obtained a degree in Biology from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1985, and a PhD in Pharmacognosy/Phytochemistry with Prof. K. Hostettmann at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1991. From 1991-1993, he was Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. H. Zähner (Microbiology) at the University of Tübingen (Germany). From 1993 to 1998, he was a Senior Researcher and then Assistant Professor at the Institute of Pharmacognosy, University of Lausanne. In 1998 he moved to the pharmaceutical company Boehringer-Ingelheim and was until 2005 in charge of the Natural Product Laboratory within the Lead Finding Department in Vienna (Austria) and later in Biberach/Riss (Germany). In April 2005, he joined the University of Basel (Switzerland) as a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Pharmaceutical Biology where he obtained his habilitation as a Privatdocent (Venia Docendi) in 2009.

PD Dr. Potterat published over 70 research and review articles in peer reviewed journals, and is co-author of several book chapters. From 2008 to 2015, he was Senior Editor of the international journal Chemistry and Biodiversity. In 2008 he received the Sandoz Natura Phytotherapy Award. His research interests focus on natural product based lead discovery and bioactive compounds in food plants and food supplements.

José-Luis Ríos

Valencia, Spain – Editor

José-Luis Ríos is full Professor at the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia, Spain. He received his degree in Pharmacy in 1976 (University of Granada, Spain) and Ph.D. in Pharmacy in 1981 (University of Valencia, Spain). Prof. Ríos published 182 papers, 63 books/ chapters of books, and gave 147 presentations at international congresses. He directed 12 research projects and contributed in another 10 projects. Prof. Ríos collaborated with other national and international research groups from Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy, China, USA and Germany.
He teaches Pharmacognosy, Phytotherapy and Pharmacology in the degree of Pharmacy, and participates in the Master of Pharmacology as well as some masters on Dietetics and Nutrition.
At the present, his research is focused on the anti-inflammatory activity of natural products: dermatitis and topical inflammation and recently in the inflammatory bowel disease. Other relevant research is focused on the study of the antimicrobial activity of medicinal plants and natural products.
He is member of different scientific committees and societies, such as Scientific Advisory Committee Phytotherapy Research Center (INFITO) and Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN). He is also editor of the two international journals: Planta Medica and Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Prof. Ríos is member of the following scientific societies: GA, ASP, ASPEPT, SEF and SEFIT.

Judith Rollinger

Vienna, Austria – Editor

1983-1990 Studies of pharmacy (Mag. pharm.) University of Innsbruck, Austria
1990-1991 Training in immunology and microbiology, University of Innsbruck
1992 Approbation as pharmacist (hospital pharmacy in Innsbruck)
1992-1994 Maternity leave
1994-2005 Half time position as assistant at the Institute of Pharmacy/Pharmacognosy, University of Innsbruck, Austria
1995-1999 PhD in the group of Prof. A. Burger (crystal polymorphism), Institute of Pharmacognosy, University of Innsbruck
2000-2002 Training in Molecular Modelling: CAMD0-Group, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Innsbruck (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thierry Langer)
2003-2005 Half time position at Inte:Ligand (Software development and consulting, Maria Enzersdorf, Austria)
2005-2014 Full time position at the Institute of Pharmacy/Pharmacognosy, University of Innsbruck
2007 Habilitation and Venia legendi for Pharmacognosy at the University of Innsbruck
2007-2014 A. Univ.-Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Institute of Pharmacy, University of Innsbruck
2013 Visiting Professor at the Institute of Pharmacognosy, University of Vienna, Austria
03/2014 Call for full professorship in Pharmacognosy, University of Vienna, Austria
since 10/2014 Full professor in Pharmacognosy/Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Vienna, Austria

Editorial Office

René Prétôt

Muttenz, Switzerland – Editorial Office

René Prétôt is currently giving lectures and laboratory courses for bioanalytics students at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Muttenz, Switzerland. He received his diploma in molecular biology from the Biozentrum Basel (1995) and went on to do research in the field of developmental biology. In 1999 he joined the contract research organisation RCC, Ittingen, Switzerland where he was first head of transgenic technology and later head of contract breeding. Since joining the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Muttenz, Switzerland in 2003, he has been designing and implementing cell-based assays for industry customers in parallel with his teaching tasks.

Associate Editor for Planta Medica Letters

Luc Pieters, Antwerp, Belgium

Honorary Advisory Board

Yoshinori Asakawa, Tokushima, Japan
Kurt Hostettmann, Geneva, Switzerland
Adolf Nahrstedt†, Münster, Germany
Arnold Vlietinck, Antwerp, Belgium

Advisory Board

John Arnason, Ottawa, Canada
Anna-Rita Bilia, Florence, Italy
Mark Butler, S. Lucia, Australia
Angela Calderon, Auburn, USA
Claus Cornett, Copenhagen, Denmark
Hartmut Derendorf, Gainesville, USA
Nunziatina De Tommasi, Salerno, Italy
Alberto Dias, Braga, Portugal
Alfonso Garcia-Pineres, Frederick, MD, USA
Jürgen Gertsch, Bern, Switzerland
Matthias Hamburger, Basel, Switzerland
Andreas Hensel, Münster, Germany
Judit Hohmann, Szeged, Hungary
Ikhlas Khan, Oxford MS, USA
Jinwoong Kim, Seoul, Korea
Anna Kiss, Warsaw, Poland
Wolfgang Kreis, Erlangen, Germany
Noberto Peporine Lopez, Ribeirão Preto, Brasil
Matthias Melzig, Berlin, Germany
Eduardo Munoz, Cordoba, Spain
Nicholas H. Oberlies, Greensboro NC, USA
Peter Proksch, Düsseldorf, Germany
Ping-Jyun Sung, Pingtung, Taiwan
Deniz Tasdemir, Kiel, Germany
Michał Tomczyk, Białystok, Poland
Heikki Vuorela, Helsinki, Finland
Jean-Luc Wolfender, Geneva, Switzerland
Yang Ye, Shanghai, China

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