Dr. Amar Chittiboyina
Dr. Chittiboyina holds appointment as Assistant Director at the National Center for Natural Products Research, University of Mississippi, with a broad background in organic chemistry, with specific training and expertise in medicinal chemistry. Dr. Chittiboyina has several international patents and has contributed to book chapters on medicinal chemistry and safety of phytochemicals. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications in journals such as Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Hypertension, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Natural Products and Chemical Research in Toxicology involving many aspects of natural and biologically active compounds; biogenesis of secondary metabolites; synthesis and structure activity relationships (SAR); development of non-animal alternative methods in toxicology and application of computer-aided drug design techniques.
Dr. Chittiboyina received his PhD degree from the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, followed by postdoctoral training at the, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Mississippi. Dr. Chittiboyina serves as consultant for several small biotech companies and well versed in project management, grantsmanship and technology transfers aspects.
Dr. Yan-Hong Wang
Dr. Yan-Hong Wang is a principal scientist at the National Center for Natural Products Research, University of Mississippi. He has been conducting analytical/bio-analytical research of medicinal plants and related products (dietary supplements) in the center. Dr. Wang has extensive experience in analytical chemistry especially in liquid chromatography (LC) and mass spectrometry (MS) and expertise on methods development and validation using HPLC/UHPLC coupled with different detectors, such as PDA, ELSD, MS, and tandem mass. In addition, he has more than 26 years hand-on experience in natural products chemistry in the fields of isolation, purification and structural elucidation of active constituents from natural sources. Dr. Wang has teaching experience for the instruction of graduate students’ course and lab training for the people having different backgrounds.
Dr. Bharathi Avula
Dr. Bharathi Avula is currently employed as a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Natural Products Research of The University of Mississippi. Her doctorate research has been in the field of pharmaceutical analysis and spent over a decade in development and validation of analytical and bio-analytical methods. She has expertise in several analytical techniques in a broad range of analytical instrumentation [HPLC/UHPLC with PDA/ELS/ FLR/SQD/QDa/QToF-MS/QqQ-MS detectors, ICP-MS, GC/FID//MS, SFC-UV-MS, Capillary Electrophoresis (CE), UV-Visible spectrophotometer, and TLC densitometer (HPTLC)] that covers a wide spectrum of applications in the field of natural products, biological samples and pharmaceuticals. This expertise involves the qualitative and quantitative characterization of chemical constituents from natural products, chemical profiling, standardization of botanicals/dietary supplements, adulterants identification and pharmacokinetic studies using various types of analytical techniques.
She has authored over 150 peer reviewed publications in journals such as Food Chemistry, Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, Journal of Separation Science, Drug Testing and Analysis, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Drug Metabolism & Disposition, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry and contributed to book chapter on TLC/HPTLC utility in assessment of the quality of botanicals. She is actively involved in training of FDA inspectors on the analytical techniques used for authentication of botanicals and detection of adulterants in dietary supplement preparations.
Dr. Vijayasankar Raman
Dr. Vijayasankar Raman is a botanist with extensive training and experience in the identification and authentication of plants. He has broad understanding in plant taxonomy, morphology, anatomy, floristics, ethnobotany and medicinal plants, and has vast experience in the documentation, collection and identification of plants. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Alwarkurichi, India. He has collected, processed and identified several thousands of herbarium specimens and trained a number of students and teachers on herbarium techniques and methods of species identification. He is a member of the Medicinal Plant Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and has actively involved in the conservation of threatened medicinal plants. He has co-authored four books, book chapters and published more than sixty peer-reviewed research articles.
Dr. Raman is a Research Scientist at the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) in the University of Mississippi. He is managing the botanicals repositories and taxonomy/microscopy labs at NCNPR. He has identified and authenticated a number of botanicals by macroscopic and microscopic studies.
Dr. Jianping Zhao
Dr. Jianping Zhao is a research scientist at the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR), School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Nanjing University of Science & Technology, a MS degree in Analytical Chemistry from East China University of Science & Technology, and a PhD in Pharmacognosy from the School of Pharmacy at University of Mississippi.
Dr. Zhao has extensive experience in isolation, purification and structural identification of natural products of medical importance. In particular he has focused on using metabolomics technology to validate, authenticate, and characterize the properties of botanicals/herbs that are traditionally used in alternative, complementary and integrative healthcare systems. He has also studied geo-herbalism, processing (Pao Zhi), standardization, quality and safety of natural products that are used as dietary supplements, functional foods, nutraceuticals and drugs.
Dr. Mei Wang
Dr. Mei Wang is currently working as a research scientist at the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR), School of Pharmacy, The University of Mississippi. Her research interests include application of analytical tools in evaluating the quality and safety of botanicals and dietary supplements, developing novel analytical methods for the analysis of drugs and their metabolites, and fundamental theoretical study of chromatography and mass spectroscopy.
She has authored over 60 peer reviewed publications in journals such as Food Chemistry, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Chromatography A, Phytochemistry, Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis and actively involved in training of FDA inspectors on the analytical techniques used for authentication of botanicals.
Dr. Jon F. Parcher
Dr. Parcher received his Ph. D. degree from the University of Colorado and a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the Margaret McLean Coulter Professor of Chemistry at Ole Miss until retirement. He taught classes in instrumental analysis (chromatography, mass spectrometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry) and was awarded the Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen. Dr. Parcher served as visiting professor at both the University of Georgia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a Program Officer for two years at the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. He has served as a senior advisor with the National Center for Natural Products Research since retirement.