Natural Product Drug Discovery

  • Buckwheat seeds on wooden spoon in closeup

    Study finds natural compound extends lifespan of worms

    A compound found in buckwheat seeds extends the lifespan of worms, Vanderbilt investigators have discovered. Read More

    Oct 20, 2016

  • Vanderbilt University

    New pain medicine from a fungus?

    Collybolide – a natural product isolated from a mushroom – is a promising candidate for the development of non-addictive pain medicines. Read More

    May 13, 2016

  • Vanderbilt University

    Anticancer olive compounds

    Compounds found in olives and olive oil have anticancer activity, which may contribute to the cancer preventive properties attributed to the Mediterranean diet. Read More

    Jul 27, 2015

  • Bacterial Fight Club

    Creating bacterial ‘fight clubs’ to discover new drugs

    Chemists Brian Bachmann and John McLean have shown that creating bacterial "fight clubs" is an effective way to discover natural biomolecules with the properties required for new drugs. Read More

    Jun 29, 2015

  • Vanderbilt chemist Brian Bachmann is exploring Tennessee caves in search for new drugs.

    When events conspire

    Caving expert John Hickman, who accompanies Bachmann on his underground expeditions, rappels down to the entrance of the Snail Shell Cave near Murfreesboro, Tenn Have you ever had the feeling that events beyond your control are working in your favor? That certainly seems to have been the case in the… Read More

    Feb 1, 2011