Peter O. Staub, PhD

Current Position

Research Officer at Phytax GmbH, Schlieren


  • Herbal drugs in European tradition – A phylogenetic, chemosensory and neuropharmacologic approach. Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher; Department of Biomedical Science, University of Cagliari, Italy. MedPlant ITN
  • Ethnobotanical study of ritual plants used among the Bai of Shaxi, Southwest China.

Research interest

  • Ethnobotany
  • Phamacognosy
  • Botany
  • Phylogenetic Inference
  • Machine Learning

Geographical area

Europe, Mediterranean Basin, China, Switzerland


  • BSc in Biology (University of Zürich)
  • MSc in Systematics and Evolution (Weckerle Group, University of Zürich)
  • PhD in Neuroscience (Leonti Group, University of Cagliari)

Professional experience

  • Quality control of Chinese and European herbal drugs (Phytax GmbH, Schlieren)
  • Botanical field surveys

Selected publications

  • Staub P.O., Casu L., Leonti M. 2016. Back to the roots: A quantitative survey of herbal drugs in Dioscorides’ De Materia Medica (ex Matthioli, 1568). Phytomedicine, 23:1043-1052.
  • Staub P.O., Geck M.S., Weckerle C.S. 2011. Incense and ritual plant use in Southwest China: A case study among the Bai in Shaxi. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 7:43.
  • Staub P.O., Schiestl F.P., Leonti M., Weckerle C.S. 2011. Chemical analysis of incense smokes used in Shaxi, Southwest China: A novel methodological approach in Ethnobotany. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 138:212-218.


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