Leszek Vincent



Adjunct Assistant Professor

Division of Plant Science and Technology

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

A major focus involves evidence-based research of the medicinal properties of various medicinal plants that have a long history of human use.

Leszek Vincent has research interests in Medicinal Plant Science (Pharmacognosy) and enjoys facilitating and contributing to interdisciplinary collaborative research with colleagues on the MU campus and elsewhere involving medicinal plants. Much of this medicinal plant research is focused on plant species indigenous to southern Africa but also includes North American species. The biochemistry of terpenoids (essential oils) is of particular interest. This research is firmly built upon a long-standing career in Plant Systematics (Taxonomy). The systematics of the awesome Asteraceae (Compositae) family (daisies) is his prime interest, especially the systematics of the cosmopolitan genus Senecio. Vincent enjoys teaching plant science topics and mentoring graduate students.

Educational background

  • Ph.D., University of Natal, South Africa
  • M.S.c., University of Natal, South Africa
  • B.S.c., (Honours), Rhodes University, South Africa
  • B.S.c., Rhodes University, South Africa