PHARMACOGNOSY DEPARTMENT

About the Department

Pharmacognosy is the discipline covering all areas of medicinal plant research, a field of study which relies on diverse methods, but is unified by an interest in securing human’s supply of safe and efficacious medicines derived of plants. Such medicines may be used as a pure compound or as a complex extract.

Our research is focused on the following themes:

Medical Ethnobotany

The uses of plants in indigenous cultures are multiple and very diverse. For many people plants still form the economic basis, and are used as medicine, food, construction material, fire wood, dyes, ornamentals and/or ritual paraphernalia. The goal of this research is to create a better understanding of the indigenous uses, to contribute to an improved use of resources, to find new ways for passing this knowledge to future generations and, in some instances, to search for new pharmaceuticals to be used in biomedicine. 

Anti-infective agents from plants

Traditional anti-infective drug discovery has focused on bacteria (especially, Actinomycetes) as a sources of antibiotic leads, and surprisingly, plants remain a relatively untapped source of potential antibiotic lead molecules.

Nutraceuticals with anti-oxidant activity

In Mediterranean countries, the consumption of vegetables and fruits is generally considerably higher than in most European countries and the United States; and has been termed 'the Mediterranean diet'.  In this project we are interested in locally used foods which may present a potential health benefit.  In this case, our research approach combines classical ethnobotanical methods with modern molecular biology and in pharmacology. Importantly, it also contributes to a fuller evaluation and development of the Mediterranean diet with a focus on local dietary plants (and fungi) and plant derived products.

People:
The Department of Pharmacognosy & Phytochemistry has 04 academic staff who teach on the B. Pharm degree programme. Dr.Shaival Rao has 09 international publications to his credit and has presented his paper in four international conference.HE IS A REGISTERED PHD GUIDE.

 

Sr. No Staff Name Designation Qualification ExExperience
A Dr. Dharmesh.K.Golwala Asst. Professor M.Pharm, Ph.D 10 YRS.


Pharmacognosy
Sr. No Name of Lab Area Required Available Area in Sq-mts
1 Pharmacognosy Lab-1 * 90Sq.mtrs. Apx.100.00
2 Pharmacognosy Lab-2 * 90Sq.mtrs. Apx.100.00
3 Preparation Room - 35.68
4 Store Room - 28.67
5 Herbal store - 30.00

Equipment :-

Sl. No.

Name

Minimum required Nos.

Available Nos.

1

Microscope with stage micrometer

15

20

2

Digital Balance

02

02

3

Autoclave

02

02

4

Hot air oven

02

02

5

B.O.D.incubator

01

01

6

Refrigerator

01

01

7

Laminar air flow

01

01

8

Colony counter

02

02

9

Zone reader

01

01

10

Digital pH meter

01

01

11

Sterility testing unit

01

01

12

Camera Lucida

15

26

13

Eye piece micrometer

15

20

14

Incinerator

01

01

15

Moisture balance

01

01

16

Heating mantle

15

15

17

Flourimeter

01

01

18

Vacuum pump

02

02

19

Micropipettes (Single and multi channeled)

02

02

20

Micro Centrifuge

01

01

21

Projection Microscope

01

01

Apparatus:

Sl. No.

Name

Minimum required Nos.

Available Nos.

1

Reflux flask with condenser

20

20

2

Water bath

20

20

3

Clavengers apparatus

10

10

4

Soxhlet apparatus

10

10

6

TLC chamber and sprayer

10

10

7

Distillation unit

01

01

        NOTE: Adequate number of glassware commonly used in the laboratory should be provided in each laboratory and department.