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Ina Vandebroek

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“As an ethnobotanist, you’re really becoming a part of their lives.”


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Ina Vandebroek is an ethnobotanist.  She travels the world studying how various cultures use medicinal plants for healing.


Ina is a salsa dancer, which allows her to tap into emotional side and explore a new culture.  Oh, and her salsa teacher calls her “Mommy.”

To Boldly Go…

Ina Vandebroek explores new worlds, new cultures and new plants.

Salsa Dancer

Ina Vandebroek takes off her lab coat and starts dancing.

30 Second Science with Ina Vandebroek

We give Ina Vandebroek 30 seconds to describe her science she says "I love it."

10 Questions for Ina Vandebroek

We ask Ina Vandebroek 10 questions and she dances with John Travolta.

Blog Posts

Ina’s Behind-the-Scenes Journal
Let’s Dance
Ask Ina Your Questions


About Ina Vandebroek

Ina is an ethnobotanist and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the New York Botanical Garden.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.