Follow the Fellows: Discovering Traditional Plant Medicines in Nepal

by Melissa Harding


The Botany in Action Fellowship program at Phipps fosters the development of the next generation of plant-based scientists who are committed both to excellent research and educational outreach. Open to PhD students enrolled at US graduate institutions and conducting plant-based scientific field research, the BIA program provides Fellows with funding for use towards field research in the US or abroad and a trip to Phipps, to engage in science outreach training and opportunities to share his or her research with a broad range of public audiences.

Current BIA Fellows are engaged in local research in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland and research abroad in Nepal, Thailand, India, and Brazil. Their work covers topics ranging from the role of green roof plants in urban storm water management to the effects of plant invasion on a rare woodland butterfly.

January’s Featured Fellow is Aurelie Jacquet. Aurelie is a PhD student at Purdue University. She is from France and learning about America culture as well as Ethnobotany while studying at Purdue. Aurelie is studying the medicinal plants used in Nepalese traditional medicine to cure Parkinson’s disease. She interviews traditional healers in Nepal to learn about medicinal plants. She also studies these plants in the lab
to identify their healing properties.  Her work could help people all over the world who are affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Read an update on Aurelie’s research and life as a scientist at the Botany In Action website!

You can follow Aurelie and all of the BIA fellows as they study plants across the US and across the world at the Follow the Fellows section of our Botany In Action website.

The following Botany In Action update was written by Amanda Joy, Botany in Action Fellowship coordinator.

The above image was provided by Aurelie Jacquet.

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