Prof Dr Simon Gibbons

Simon Gibbons is Professor of Medicinal Phytochemistry in the Research Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry, UCL School of Pharmacy. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of Phytochemistry Letters, Co-Editor of Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products (“Zechmeister”) and serves on the Editorial Boards of the journals Nature Scientific Reports, Journal of Natural Products, Planta Medica, Natural Products and Bioprospecting, Phytochemical Analysis, Phytochemistry Reviews, Phytotherapy Research, Fitoterapia, The Chinese Journal of Natural Medicine and Scientia Pharmaceutica. His H-Index is 43 and was a former Head of Research Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry at the UCL School of Pharmacy. His research interests are on antimicrobials from plants and bacteria, natural product bacterial-resistance modifying agents and novel psychoactive substances and he has authored over 190 publications in these areas. He is a member of the UK Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) ( and Chairman of the Novel Psychoactive Substances Committee ( He is also a member of the College of Medicine Scientific Advisory Group ( and the Royal Horticultural Society Medicinal Plant Advisory Group. His first entry in to Who’s Who was in 2014. He served on the MHRA’s Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee and the British Pharmacopeia Herbal Medicines Advisory Group. He attended Kingston Polytechnic (BSc in Chemistry 1989), Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth and Strathclyde University (PhD). In 2005 he was the recipient of the Phytochemical Society of Europe – Pierre Fabre Prize for Phytochemistry and in 2012 was recipient of the Pharmanex Prize. From 2010-2016 he was President and Vice-President of the Phytochemical Society of Europe. His hobbies are skiing (poorly) and drinking wine (expertly).