The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Natural Products Discovery and Development

It has been estimated that up to 70% of the currently used anticancer and anti-infective drugs contain one or more small-molecule natural products, with this term broadly defined so as to include various types of molecular modifications. Natural Products Center (NPC) of the University of Arizona, a center approved by the Arizona Board of Regents, is currently engaged in research on discovery of small-molecule natural products mainly from Sonoran desert plants and their associated microorganisms as potential drugs to treat cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, and genetic investigation of natural product biosynthesis in selected microorganisms, and development of alternate agricultural systems. These projects are also targeted for sustainable utilization of natural resources and improving the competitiveness of agriculture in Arizona, the Southwest, and semiarid lands throughout the world and to understand the complex ecology of arid land ecosystems.

Faculty involved in this research.