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Fang, Rui

Photo of Rui Fang
Job title: 

Natural Product Chemist

Department: 
Jodrell Laboratory
Section: 
Sustainable Uses
Joined Kew: 

2008

Foreign languages: 

Chinese (mother tongue)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc / Biochemistry, South China Agricultural University 2001
  • PhD / Pharmacy, King’s College London, University of London 2006
  • Postdoctoral research, Pharmacy department, King’s College London 2007
Role: 

Quality control of traditional medicines via chromatography and spectrometry technologies; Chemosystematic implications of compounds found in Iris spp.

Phytochemical research of selected natural products based on their traditional use in the benefit areas and high-throughput screening results. In-vitro bioassay-guided fractionation leading to isolation of active compounds, which supports the development of new healthcare products. Structures of novel compounds determined mainly by means of MS (mass spectrometry) and 1D & 2D NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectroscopic techniques.

Selected publications: 

Rui, F., Veitch, N.C., Kite, G.C., Porter, E.A., Simmonds, M.S.J. (2013). Enhanced Profiling of Flavonol Glycosides in the Fruits of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides). J. Agric. Food Chem. 61: 3868−3875. Available online

Fang, R., Veitch, N.C., Kite, G.C., Howes, M-J.R., Porter, E.A. & Simmonds, M.S.J. (2011). Glycosylated constituents of Iris fulva Ker Gawl. and Iris brevicaulis Raf. Chemical & pharmaceutical Bulletin 59(1): 124-128. Available online

Fang, R., Houghton, P.J. & Hylands, P.J. (2008). Cytotoxic effects of compounds from Iris tectorum on human cancer cell lines. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 118(2): 257-263. Available online

Fang, R., Houghton, P.J. , Luo, C. & Hylands, P.J. (2007). Isolation and structure determination of two triterpenes from Iris tectorum. Phytochemistry 68(9): 1242-1247. Available online

Fang, R. (2005). The principles and methods for the development of TCM quality control system. Chinese Journal of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine 12(6): 3-5. Available online