Dr Asmita Sautreau
I am a pharmacist from my first degree (1981) and thereafter obtained membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (1982). I have worked as a pharmacist over the years, but got interested in natural products as result of the PhD programme that I undertook ('Microbial Transformation of Spirostanes and Related Compounds’, 1987). My senior lecturer appointment as a member of staff in this institution was in 1988. After a number of years, in 2001 there was opportunity to obtain Membership of the Institute of Learning and Teaching (now known as Higher Education Academy), as it was called then (Currently known by Higher Education Academy). I became Principal Lecturer in 2004 after taking on the responsibility as Course Leader of the Master of Pharmacy programme. Presently, I continue professionally as an academic pharmacist, still maintain a research profile and continue my administration input for the Master of Pharmacy programme.
My main area of interest in the pharmaceutical context is natural products, especially those from plants which provide a huge diversity of unique structures, many of which have a niche in therapeutic and clinical treatment of various types of medical conditions.
Hence, my research area focuses on natural products with particular interest in isolating and identifying bioactive compounds from plants. These are plant secondary metabolites and identification entails bioassay-guided fractionation linked to spectroscopic and other techniques. The research projects are varied, such as study of selected plant species of the family Euphorbiaceae to control the spread of parasitic disease in particular schistosomiasis, study of specific chemotaxonomic markers, utilizing specifically biologically inherited compounds within a species to standardise herbal preparations, and investigating herbal remedies e.g. raspberry leaves as potential for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and species related to St. John’s Wort for antimicrobial application.