Veronique Seidel, DPharm (Hons), PhD, FHEA


  • United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Drug discovery from medicinal plants and other natural sources

Personal Statement

Dr Seidel leads the Natural Products Drug Discovery Group. She is a member and current treasurer of the Phytochemical Society of Europe.

She is a scientific adviser for the "Natural Products" and the"Food Science and Nutrition" programmes of the International Foundation for Science. She is a recipient of a"Franco-Scottish Award", a "Life Sciences Prize" and a "Parke-Davis Natural Products Chemistry Prize" delivered by the French Academy of Pharmacy.

She serves on the editorial board of Phytochemistry LettersThe Scientific World Journal, Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Journal of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, and Scientific Reports. She has been invited to peer-review research articles for more than 60 different journals in the fields of plant chemistry,phytochemical analysis, pharmacology, traditional medicines, and microbiology. 

Her expertise is in Natural Products isolation and structure elucidation using chromatography and NMR techniques. Her general interest is in the bioprospecting of natural sources for the discovery of bioactive 'hits' that could afford new drug leads. On-going projects are on the purification and identification of new antimicrobial agents from medicinal plants and products from the beehive.

She is a member of the SIPBS Athena SWAN group.

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

Advanced Drug Discovery (MP506)

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 traditional natural remedies
  • Bioassay-guided fractionation of natural extracts
  • Screening of natural products for antimicrobial activity

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Strathclyde

1 Oct 19951998


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

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Projects 2005 2017

Research Output 1996 2019

Chemical diversity and biological activity of African propolis

Blicharska, N. & Seidel, V., 22 Oct 2019, Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products. Kinghorn, A. D., Falk, H., Gibbons, S., Kobayashi, J., Asakawa, Y. & Liu, J-K. (eds.). Cham: Springer, Vol. 109. p. 415-450 36 p. (Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Traditional Medicine
Plant Resins
1 Downloads (Pure)

Predictive binding affinity of plant-derived natural products towards the protein kinase G enzyme of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MtPknG)

M. Qasaymeh, R., Rotondo, D., Oosthuizen, C. B., Lall, N. & Seidel, V., 6 Nov 2019, In : Plants. 8, 11, 14 p., 477.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Biological Products
Mycobacterium tuberculosis


Studies on the activity of selected plants against biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain PA14

Author: Adnan, H., 1 Apr 2014

Supervisor: Seidel, V. (Supervisor) & Tucker, N. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Franco-Scottish Stevenson Foundation Award

Veronique Seidel (Recipient), 1995

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Life Sciences Prize

Veronique Seidel (Recipient), 2000

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2008 2016

Universal Journal of Microbiology Research (Journal)

Veronique Seidel (Peer reviewer)
5 Jan 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review

Oriental Pharmacy and Experimental Medicine (Journal)

Veronique Seidel (Peer reviewer)
15 Dec 2015

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review