Dr. Muraleedharan G. Nair, Professor and Sr Asc to the CANR Dean
January 1, 1987
CChem., FRSC., Royal Society of Chemistry, London, 1999
Ph.D., University of the West Indies, Organic Chemistry, 1984
M.Sc., University of Calicut, Analytical Chemistry, 1974
B.Sc., University of Calicut, Chemistry, 1972
Expertise and Research Interests
Nair's laboratory, the Bioactive Natural Products and Phytoceuticals Laboratory at Michigan State University, conducts discovery, isolation, and identification of phytochemicals in plants that are potential candidates as functional food and phytomedicines/alternative medicine/botanical drug. The disease targets include cancer, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD), musculoskeletal disease, obesity, type-2 diabetes, inflammation and parasitic/microbial diseases. Product discovery including efficacy, toxicity, mode of action and dosage of identified phytochemical(s) and facilitate commercialization of such products as phytomedicines or functional food are also part of our research program. The phytochemicals of interest are also being investigated for animal and plant health. The core of our research is bioassay-directed discovery, purification and chemical characterization of natural products using preliminary anticancer, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, nematicidal, and insecticidal assays. Another component of this research focuses on bioactive phytochemicals to enhance food quality and nutritional/functional food value to fresh and processed foods.