College of Pharmacy

Avedisian Hall, 7 Greenhouse Road Kingston, RI 02881

pharmcol@etal.uri.eduOffice: 401.874.2761 Fax: 401.874.2181

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Bioactive Botanical Research

Navindra Seeram, Ph.D.

Located in Lab Module 440 on Level 4 of Avedisian Hall


Inside URI’s Bioactive Botanical Research Lab, Pharmacy Professor Navindra Seeram has some big ideas about fighting cancer. Ideas so big that he’s regularly sought after by science and news publications around the globe for his expertise in the healing properties of medicinal plants.

Professor Seeram knows that plants have bioactive compounds, such as the pigmentation that makes blueberries blue and raspberries red, that are natural antioxidants against sun damage and other threats. He and his team of students and researchers are studying these anti-cancer agents in native New England berries for possible applications in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. He’s also identified dozens of compounds in pure maple syrup and is applying these to his diabetes research. [Continued…]


URI scientist discovers 54 beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup

Five have never been seen in nature before KINGSTON, R.I. – March 30, 2011 – University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram has discovered 34 new beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup and confirmed that 20 compounds discovered last year in preliminary research play a key role in human health. Today at the 241st American […]

Renowned Pakistani scientist to visit URI Sept. 20-24

To give public lecture Thursday, Sept. 23 KINGSTON, R.I. – September 8, 2010 –The director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Science in Pakistan will visit the University of Rhode Island from Sept. 20 through Sept. 24 for a series of seminars, visits with URI faculty and a public lecture. University of Karachi […]

URI pharmacy researcher finds beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup

URI pharmacy researcher finds beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup

KINGSTON, R.I. – March 22, 2010 – Before you dig in to your next stack of French toast or waffles, you might want to pour on pure maple syrup. That’s because University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram, who specializes in medicinal plant research, has found more than 20 compounds in maple syrup from Canada […]

URI student unlocking secrets of Jamun berry to treat cancer

KINGSTON, R.I.–December 1, 2008 — A University of Rhode Island undergraduate majoring in chemistry hopes to unveil the secrets of the garden in her search for natural treatments for such killers as breast cancer. Caroline Killian worked this summer in a laboratory mashing up berries and doing extensive tests to find the degree of anti-cancer […]

Pharmacy professor is berry, berry excited about medicinal plant research at URI

Playing role in returning College of Pharmacy to prominence as plant natural products research center KINGSTON, R.I. – September 25, 2008 – He’s been here less than a year, but Navindra Seeram is already putting the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy back in the spotlight for its research on plants, including the health […]

URI’s College of Pharmacy bolsters natural products chemistry work

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 […]

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