Located in Lab Module 430 on Level 4 of Avedisian Hall
Expertise: Microorganisms from unexplored environments; secondary metabolites produced by marine microbes; bacterial chemical communication; and antibiotic drug discovery
One of the more frightening medical trends today is our growing resistance to antibiotics, which we take for everything from ear infections to life-threatening blood conditions. As people use antibiotics for more and more ailments, the ability of germs and bacteria to mutate and adapt has increased, often making them stronger than the medicines available to treat them.
Pharmacognosy is the study of the medicinal properties of compounds from such natural sources as the ocean and plants.Most of our current antibiotic drugs derive from natural products produced by terrestrial microorganisms, so as we try to stay one step ahead of the pathogens, the most logical next place to look is at marine microbes. [Continued…]
Biomedical Science Professor David Rowley and his team in the College of Pharmacy have found that a class of complex carbohydrates could enhance treatment of urinary tract infections. Their findings appear in a recent issue of the Journal of Functional Foods, published by the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods.
The Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE), the URI-based initiative that has greatly expanded biomedical research statewide, has been awarded an additional $18.8 million for the program’s continued expansion over the next five years. Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology Zahir Shaikh has been the principal investigator and program director since the project’s inception in 2001.
Discover New Cures. The world’s got a lot of illness and disease that needs curing, and at URI, leading scientists are breaking new ground toward the discoveries we’ve all been waiting for. Inside our Natural Products Lab, Pharmacognosy Professor David Rowley – one of the only a handful of marine microbial chemists in the world […]
Title: Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences Expertise: Microorganisms from unexplored environments; secondary metabolites produced by marine microbes; bacterial chemical communication; and antibiotic drug discovery One of the more frightening medical trends today is our growing resistance to antibiotics, which we take for everything from ear infections to life-threatening blood conditions. As people use antibiotics for more […]
In science, amazing discoveries can begin in familiar places—in the ocean, in the plants around us, just about anywhere in the natural world. And at URI, that’s exactly where a group of scientists and their students are looking for newer and more effective medicines to treat infection and a variety of human diseases.Pharmacognosy Professor David […]
Discovering drugs from natural sources part of College’s 50-year history KINGSTON, R.I. – February 25, 2008 – After it opened its doors in 1957, the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy quickly became known for its medicinal plant research. Fifty years later, the College is strengthening its work in pharmacognosy, a branch of pharmacy […]
Kingston resident Yuzuru Shimizu to be feted KINGSTON, R.I. — July 6, 2005 — How do you celebrate the 70th birthday of a University of Rhode Island professor who is renowned for his research on obtaining drugs from the sea? You simply invite his colleagues, friends and former students from around the world to a […]