Harinantenaina Liva Rakotondraibe
Assistant Professor
Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
434 Parks Hall


  • Drug Discovery from Natural Products
  • Natural Product Chemistry
  • Pharmacognosy and Ethnobotany

Professional Interests

New natural product sources (new and unidentified fungal and bacterial microorganisms, plant endophytes, new endemic and medicinal plant species, etc.) contain many undiscovered potential bioactive metabolites which can combat the world’s deadly diseases including cancer, malaria, viral infections, and chemoresistance. Thus, their investigation has to be prioritized in order to discover potential drug candidates. My lab focuses on: (1) bioguided isolation, structural elucidation and development of bioactive compounds from natural sources, (2) Drug discovery from Madagascan natural products and (3) drug discovery from ethnomedicine.


  • 2005-2007, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) post-doctoral fellow
  • 1999, Representative of Madagascar for Ph.D. program sponsored by the Japanese Government (Mombukagakusho): Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), to work on the chemical constituents of Madagascan endemic and medicinal plants and the biological activity of their secondary metabolites


  • Research Scientist, 2009-2013, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 2007-2009, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, JAPAN
  • Postdoctoral, 2003-2007, Tokushima Bunri University, JAPAN
  • PhD, 2003, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Medicine, Hiroshima University, JAPAN, (Natural Product Chemistry)
  • MS (DEA), 1998, Université d’Antananarivo (MADAGASCAR), Natural product chemistry

Recent Publications

Recent Publications