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Barbara Zipser's field of research is medicine from Antiquity to the late Middle Ages, mostly in Latin and Greek, with an emphasis on textual criticism, manuscript transmission, and vernacular Greek. She is currently leading an international collaboration between RHUL (History and Geology), Kew Gardens, Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Haifa University. It is a Collaborative Wellcome Award to develop a methodology for the identification of medicinal plants and minerals. She also runs Simon Online (, a Latin-Greek-Arabic dictionary of medical terminology.

Large Wellcome Trust grants:

  • £382,202, PI (2019-2022)
  • £238,262, PI (2010-2016)
  • £129,203, Co-I (2007-2010)
  • £100,969, PI (2003-2006)


Dr Zipser recently appeared on the Raw TV documentary "The Child in the Box. Who killed Ursula Herrmann", the second best performing documentary of the year on Sky Germany. She conducts linguistic analysis of forensic materials for journalists, lawyers and a leading profiler.


HS2329/3529 Medicine in the Ancient, Medieval and Islamic World (Further)

HS2229 Science from Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages (Survey)

HS2327 Explorers and Inventors in Classical and Late Antiqutiy (Special)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Latin and Greek, PhD, Ps. Alexander Trallianus de oculis, University of Heidelberg


  • History of Medicine
  • Byzantine Studies
  • Greek Palaeography
  • Greek Linguistics
  • Digital Humanities
  • Lexicography
  • Multilingualism
  • History of the book
  • Medical Humanities

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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