Navindra P. Seeram, PhD


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Navindra P. Seeram, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacognosy in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Director of the Center for Human Nutrition in the Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  His research group, the Bioactive Botanical Research Laboratory, investigates medicinal plants, including plant foods, as potential sources of botanical drugs, phytopharmaceuticals and phytomedicines.  Targeted diseases of interest include cancer, diabetes and inflammation. 

Dr. Seeram has more than 15 years of experience in botanical research. His work on berry phytochemicals, as both singly purified and combined (extract or food) forms, has included examining their bioavailablity, metabolism, and mechanisms of action using in vivo systems. He has co-authored more than sixty peer-reviewed research articles, thirteen book chapters, two patents, and co-edited one book.

He currently reviews scientific articles for over two dozen peer-reviewed journals and serves on the editorial board for Recent Patents on Anticancer Drug Discovery by Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.  He is the series editor for a recently launched CRC Press/Taylor and Francis book series entitled Clinical Pharmacognosy.  Dr. Seeram did his doctoral and postdoctoral research at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and at Michigan State University, respectively.