CUShort introduction
Department of Pharmacognosy has several areas of specialization such as Phytochemistry, Natural Products Synthesis, Biotechnology and Cell Culture, Marine Natural Product Chemistry, Standardization of Herbs and Herbarium. Academic staff have expertise in each area. The area of Phytochemistry focuses on the studies of chemical constituents from plants by isolation, purification and structure elucidation of the isolated products. Primary biological activity screening of promising crude extracts and/or pure compounds are also of interest. The area of Marine Natural Product Chemistry studies the isolation, purification, structure elucidation, chemical structure modification and bioactivity screening of new bioactive constituents from Thai marine organisms, such as sponges, soft corals. gorgonians, tunicates and bryozoa, marine microalgae and microorganisms. DNA fingerprinting of medicinal plants is another area of interest. We employ several molecular techniques such as RAPD, AFLP, RFLP, PCR-RFLP, and sequencing for generating markers for authentication of medicinal herbs and crude drugs. We have several equipped laboratories with facilities. (more…)