Areas of Research: Natural Product Research, Phytochemistry, pharmacology, plant tissue culture and Nanotechnology
Natural Product Research: Extraction, purification of value-added products from natural materials through novel and efficient procedures. It includes the extraction of herbal products such as full spectrum turmeric products and other components. My research activities also focus on better utilization of waste materials for useful products of interest. The technologies/product developed have been filed for patents.
Phyto-pharmacology: My research group is actively involved in the phytochemical and pharmacological evaluation of herbal drugs. It includes the extraction and characterization of essential oils and phytochemicals using modern extraction techniques, chromatographic and spectroscopic tools. Pharmacological evaluation consists of both in vitro and in vivo models.
Microbial Secondary metabolites and Enzymes: Another aspect of Bioprospecting of my research group is the isolation, characterization and optimization of culture conditions of industrially important microbes. Also, we are trying to utilize these components for value addition.
Development of Analytical Protocols: We have developed several HPTLC methods for the determination of organic molecules such as cholesterol, caffeine from complex matrixes such drug formulations and food products.
Green synthesis of Nanoparticles: It involves the synthesis of metal nanoparticles using phytochemicals as reducing and capping agents. We have elucidated the possible mechanism of action using spectroscopic techniques.
Environmental Research: We are engaged in research activities related to water quality parameters and determination of pollution level in terms of physical, chemical and microbial parameters.
Plant Tissue Culture: We have developed protocols for the successful in vitro culture of both medicinal and fruiting plants of economic importance.
Subject expert in the panel of National Rubber Training Institute, Kottayam
Society for Biotechnologist (India) (Life member) L-753
Kerala Academy of Sciences (Life Member) –L540
Subject expert and consultant in the academic body of Rubber Training Institute of India
Editorial Board member of: Journal of Basic and Applied Scientific Research (Associate Editor), Philippine Scientist Journal (Associate Editor), Global Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies (Advisory Member), Intl. J. Bioinformatics and Biological Sci. (Advisory Member).