I use my knowledge in natural products and their biological activities to further our knowledge about the traditional uses of plants and fungi. This involves using in-vitro bioassay-guided fractionation methods to isolate active compounds to support the scientific basis of their uses. Structures of compounds are determined using Liquid Chromatography-Mass SpectrometryS/Mass Spectrometry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance techniques. My focus has been on using multivariate data analysis technologies to analyse data sets that combine chemical and biological data. I use these techniques to not only differentiate among species and within samples from a species to identify those that contain high levels of active compounds. This enables me evaluate the quality of natural products entering the trade, especially for use in food, cosmetics and healthcare products. I collaborate with colleagues to develop these cross-disciplinary data mining methods to maximise the use of our collections in providing a robust scientific understanding of plant and their uses.
- BSc Biochemistry, South China Agricultural University 2001
- PhD Pharmacy, King’s College London, University of London 2006
- Research Associate, Pharmacy department, King’s College London 2007
Rui, F., Veitch, N.C., Kite, G.C., Porter, E.A., Simmonds, M.S.J. (2013).
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 61: 3868−3875.
Fang, R., Veitch, N.C., Kite, G.C., Howes, M-J.R., Porter, E.A. & Simmonds, M.S.J. (2011).
Chemical & pharmaceutical Bulletin 59: 124-128.
Fang, R., Houghton, P.J. & Hylands, P.J. (2008).
Journal of Ethnopharmacology 118: 257-263.
Fang, R., Houghton, P.J. , Luo, C. & Hylands, P.J. (2007).
Phytochemistry 68: 1242-1247.
Fang, R. (2005)
Chinese Journal of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine 12: 3-5.