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Phytochemistry: Course Outline (902)

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the fundamental ideas ofphotochemical excitation, radiative and nonradiative de-excitation, and the molecular events that can intervene.

Course Outline


Method of isolation

Chemistry and biological activity of alkaloids



CoumarinsStudy of chemistry stereochemical aspects and pharmaceutical importance of plant derived steroids (cardiac glycosides cholesterol diosgenin)

Recent advances

  • In chemistry of naturally occurring antineoplastic agents catharanthus alkaloids
  • Paclitaxel
  • Camptothecin
  • Antimalarials cinchona alkaloids
  • Artemisinin derivatives
  • Importance of marine natural products in drug discovery
  • Current developments in the discovery and design of new drug candidates from natural product leads
  • Role of natural products in dengue
  • Brain eating amoeba (NaegleriaFowleri)
  • Ebolavirus disease
  • Polio
  • Antibiotic resistance and tuberculosis
  • Natural products as templates for combinatorial libraries
  • Carbohydrate derived small molecule libraries