Veronique Seidel, DPharm (Hons), PhD, FHEA

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Expertise & Capabilities

  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Drug discovery from natural sources
  • Purification & structure elucidation of bioactive natural products
  • Ethnopharmacological investigation of natural remedies
  • Discovery of new antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory products of natural origin
  • In silico studies of natural products

Personal Statement

Research within my lab (Natural Products Research Laboratory) is focused on the discovery of small molecules from natural sources with pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical applications. The natural sources investigated include plants and products from the beehive such as honey/ propolis originating from various geographical locations worldwide. My interests are centered on the discovery of natural molecules with antitubercular, anti-inflammatory, antibiofilm, and antivirulence activity.

I am a member of the Scientific Committee of the Francophone Apitherapy Association and of the European Science Foundation College of Expert Reviewers. I am a Scientific Advisor for the Natural Products and the Food Science & Nutrition programmes of the International Foundation for Science. I am a recipient of the Life Sciences Prize and the Parke-Davis Natural Products Chemistry Prize from the French Academy of Pharmacy.

I serve on the editorial board of Journal of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Phytochemistry Letters, Scientific Reports, Journal of Alternative Medicine & Complementary Therapies Plants, Records in Agriculture & Food Chemistry, and Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine. I am the Associate Editor of Archives of Natural Biological Research. I am the lead Guest Editor for two special issues in Plants, one special issue in JoVE, and two research topics in Frontiers in Pharmacology. I have served as the Honorary Treasurer of the Phytochemical Society of Europe (2014-2019).

I am the Coordinator of a Year 3 module on the Management of Infection and Infectious Diseases (MPharm programme) where I deliver lectures/workshops/labs on microorganisms, antibiotic drug discovery, and antimicrobial drug resistance. I am an external examiner for the MSc in Microbiology and the MRes in Global Infectious Diseases programmes at Birkbeck University of London.

From 2017-2021, I was a member of the University Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) committee. I also founded and chaired the SIPBS-WIDE (Wellbeing, Inclusion, Diversity & Equality) committee, responsible for the submission of an Athena SWAN application in 2020, which resulted in a Silver Award (First Silver Award in the Faculty of Science).

Teaching Interests

Dr Seidel teaches on the MPharm programme.

  • Teaching coordination

Class coordinator for the Management of Infection and Infectious Diseases class (MP321)

  • Undergraduate teaching

Research Projects (MP507)

Management of Infection and Infectious Diseases class (MP321)

Being a Pharmacist 2 (MP320)

Herbal Medicines, Past, Present and Future (57102)

Research Interests

  • Purification and structure elucidation of bioactive natural products
  • Ethnopharmacological investigation of natural remedies
  • Screening of natural products for antimicrobial/anti-inflammatory activity
  • In silico studies of natural products

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Strathclyde

1 Oct 19951998

Award Date: 16 Jul 1999

Keywords

  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Drug discovery from natural sources

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