Jan van der Valk’s doctoral dissertation (2017) traces the transformations of Tibetan medicines from plant to pill in-between India and Switzerland – through herbaria, markets, pharmaceutical machinery, laboratories, and regulations –, focusing on two seemingly unrelated manufacturers (Men-Tsee-Khang and Padma AG). From 2012 to 2015, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation, where he led seminars for ethnopharmacology and ethnobiology BA modules. His Ethnobotany MSc (2012) dissertation project on the quality control of Chinese herbs on the UK market (in collaboration with Kew Gardens) was published in Journal of Herbal Medicine. Jan is currently working on his first monograph, based on his doctoral research, and part-time researcher on Barbara Gerke’s FWF-project “Potent Substances” based at the University of Vienna.
CV: Jan van der Valk