Liva Rakotondraibe, PhD
Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
College of Pharmacy
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Foods for Health, Obesity, Food Security
Areas of Expertise: Drug discovery from natural medicines, discovery of anticancer and cancer preventing compounds from food, dereplication, isolation of bioactive compounds from natural products, structure elucidation of bioactive natural products, cytotoxic assay for anticancer drug discovery
Although not all of foods are healthy, they can provide biologically active components for cancer treatments and prevention. Being a member of the FIC, I will be able to use my expertise in drug discovery from natural products to give contribution to projects in the area of food safety, food security and food for health, of the Food Innovation Center. This opportunity will also help me to collaborate with other researchers working in the same or related area in order to establish projects important to human health. I am very much interested in investigating the potential medicinal effects of Madagascan foods which are produced or originated from endemic plant species such as baobab (Andasonia spp). My research focuses on: (1) bioguided isolation, structural elucidation and development of bioactive compounds from natural sources, (2) Drug discovery from Madagascan natural products and (3) dereplication.