I am a Senior Research Associate in the Departments of Plant Biology and Molecular Biology and Genetics. I am a medicinal chemist with ample experience in the field of chemical prospecting for drug development relevant to tropical infectious diseases, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer. My Laboratory of Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry has focused on the chemistry and pharmacology of plants used for medicinal purposes from around the world, and I am a pioneer in the chemistry and pharmacology of plants used by primates for self-medication in east Africa and the chemical ecology of plants used by lower animals and arthropods for defense. I have received awards from the Phytochemical Society of North America for seminal work on the ecological role and morphogenetic effect of natural products on insects, such as, the anti-juvenile hormone effect of Chrysanthemum coronarium (Asteraceae). I conduct research on the metabolic regulation of lipid biosynthesis in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, investigating the genetic regulation of its lipidome with emphasis on genes implicated in dyslipidemias such as high cholesterol. I strive to combine knowledge of their biosynthetic regulation and function with the development of potential therapies for the treatment of some of these diseases.