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My work is very much focused on plant secondary metabolites and potential to alter or prevent disease. I am particular interested in triterpenoids and steroidal saponins in natural products such as ginseng, soy and reishi mushrooms. I have particular fascination with edible fungi and the presence of pharmaceutical agents naturally present in different edible plant products.
The overall goal of my research is to study the relationship between interesting edible plant compounds and their influence on cell death and signaling. The strategies employed in the laboratory are to identify, characterize, transform, and enhance bioactive plant foods and extracts derived from natural health products (NHP) and medicinal plant food sources such as those utilized by traditional medicines.
1. Cellular models to study NHPs influence on cultured adipocytes, hepatocytes and colonocytes.
2. Components that are cytotoxic and induce apoptosis or necrosis.
3. NHP synergy.
5. Pharmacologically active edible plants
6. Vegetable based protein
Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Analytical Chemistry (030100):
Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Biological Sciences (060000): Cell Development, Proliferation and Death (060103):
Chemical Science (030000):
Proteomics and Intermolecular Interactions (excl. Medical Proteomics) (060109)