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Natural Products Discovery

Programme : Natural Products Discovery
Programme Leader : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Intan Safinar Ismail


Our main approach is enriching the scientific contents of Malaysia’s biological resources through realization of high-value added outcomes, based on its effective and sustainable development. The national asset, in the form of biodiversity with traditional medicinal knowledge, is expected to intensify the potential of developing the asset as a source of national prosperity. This program is directed towards the discovery of new molecular entities from natural resources that have physiological activity and/or novel mechanisms of action as leads for new drug templates. Activities encompass the isolation and structural characterization of bioactive molecules, chemical modification, drug design as well as total synthesis or semi-synthesis of therapeutically important compounds.

Research Highlights:

- High-caliber and internationally recognized multidisciplinary researchers and staff.
- Advanced facilities of high resolution spectroscopy to support research and services.
- Publications in high impact journals, and patent applied.
- Collaborative network with international institutes through Memorandum of Understanding (Hoshi University, 
  Japan and H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi, Pakistan) and national institute through
  Memorandum of Agreement (Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation)

Updated:: 27/12/2013 [an_farhana]


Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
03 - 9769 3045/ 3047
03 - 9769 2101