Prof. Dr. Nina Kočevar Glavač works in the Department of Pharmaceutical Biology at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She studied pharmacy and completed her doctorate at the aforementioned faculty in 2010. Her pedagogical and scientific work is closely related to the activity and complexity of botanical compounds.
At the Faculty of Pharmacy, she gives lectures in the area of medicinal plants, including topics such as pharmacognosy and cosmetic ingredients of natural origin, as well as aromatherapy and apitherapy as forms of alternative medicine. She also educates members of different professional associations, herbal associations, and the general public about the therapeutic and safe use of medicinal plants, and cosmetic formulators about cosmetic ingredients in natural cosmetics.
Her research work involves the development of phytochemical methods for the analysis of natural compounds, e.g. capillary electrophoresis, high-performance liquid chromatography, and antioxidative tests. In recent years, the focus of her research has been the study of vegetable butters, and oils as therapeutically and cosmetically active ingredients.
She has written numerous scientific, professional and popular publications, with her main achievement in this area being ‘Modern Cosmetics, Ingredients of Natural Origin, A Scientific View’. This book is one of the most comprehensive publications of natural cosmetic ingredients in the world and has received the highest Slovenian award for scientific communication. Nina is the editor-in-chief of the Pharmaceutical Journal of Slovenia.
In her professional and private life, Nina shares her love and respect for the richness of the natural world. On account of her background, she trusts scientific evidence but studies information with a critical eye. She is open to new knowledge and believes in the future of combining conventional and traditional medicine, and stresses the importance of our mental power.
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Prof. Dr. Nina Kočevar Glavač
Department of Pharmaceutical Biology at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia