Research Interests

Medicinal plants and their formulations in health care had been in practice since age almost 4500 BC. The World Health organization (WHO) supports and boosts the utilization of medicinal plants as phyto-pharmaceutical for the treatment of various diseases. Many of known drugs are from plant origins. Traditional medicines including folk medicines had drawn an impressive therapeutic potential to identify lead, efficient extracts/fractions or novel molecules for modern therapeutics. In India, more than 17,000 species of higher plants, 7500 (44%) are known for medicine. Many of them have been scientifically investigated, but majority of them are yet to be achieved for their phyto-chemical composition and pharmacological actions. Under CDRI drug development programme, the main focus of our group is to validate the traditional claims on these medicinal plants through scientific investigations and to explore their medicinal properties/bioactive fractions/molecules for affordable health care system particularly for anticancer, anti-diabetic and osteo-protective activities. These areas of our interest mainly involve the following activities.

  1. Ethno-botanical survey, collection of plant samples, taxonomical identification, authentication and documentation of their traditional uses for the treatment of different kinds of diseases.
  2. Collaboration with chemist and biologists for target specific screening as well as for in-vitro and in-vivo studies for different biological activities.
  3. Studies on seasonal & phytogeographical variation in their bioactive constituents, pharmacognostical investigations and establishment of quality control markers for crude drug identification and to check the adulteration and substitution in their phyto-pharmaceutical products.
  4. Pharmacognostical studies for establishment of quality control markers for crude drug identification
  5. In-vitro biosynthesis of targeted secondary metabolites using plant cell and tissue culture technologies to develop as an alternate and renewable source of raw material for conservation and sustainable management of natural resource.
  6. Ex-situ conservation of important traditional and endangered medicinal flora of the country.