Liva Rakotondraibe

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Harinantenaina Liva Rakotondraibe

Liva Rakotondraibe, PhD

Title
Associate Professor
Unit / Department / Division
Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Address
434 Parks Hall
Email Address
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Professional Interests

Professional Interests

New natural product sources (new and unidentified fungal and bacterial microorganisms, microbial endophytes, new endemic and medicinal plant species, etc.) contain many undiscovered potential bioactive secondary metabolites that can be used to combat world’s deadly diseases including cancer, malaria, viral infections, and chemoresistance. Their investigation must be prioritized in order to discover new pharmacophores for potential drug candidates. My lab focuses on (1) bioassay-guided isolation, structural elucidation and development of bioactive compounds from natural sources, (2) Drug discovery from Madagascan natural products and (3) drug discovery from ethnomedicine. One of our recent ongoing projects is on the development of insecticides that can be used to control mosquito vector of Zika virus from Madagascan endemic plants. 

Education

  • 2003, PhD, Hiroshima University, Pharmaceutical Sciences (Medicinal Natural Product Chemistry
  • 2003, PhD, Hiroshima University, Pharmaceutical Sciences (Medicinal Natural Product Chemistry
  • 1998, DEA (Diplome d'Etude Approfondie), Equivalent to MS, Mention "Tres bien", University of Antananarivo, Organic Chemistry/ Natural Product Chemistry
  • 1998, DEA (Diplome d'Etude Approfondie), Equivalent to MS, Mention "Tres bien", University of Antananarivo, Organic Chemistry/ Natural Product Chemistry

Honors

  • JSPS-Bridge (Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science) Fellowship, 2017 - 2018
  • 2016 Deans List, 2016
  • NIG, 2015 - 2017
  • Internal Seed Grant, 2015 - 2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2005 - 2007
  • Japanese Government (Mombukagakusho): Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), 1999 - 2003