MSU faculty award
Muraleedharan Nair receives Distinguished Faculty Award
MSU's Dr. Muraleedharan Nair receives an award for his work discovering useful compounds from natural products award from university President Lou Anna Simon.
A Michigan State University professor of horticulture, Dr. Muraleedharan Nair, was recognized by the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association with its 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award.
Nair is an internationally recognized pioneer in the chemistry of bioactive natural products, as well as an author, teacher, and consultant.
“His work provided the first scientific proof of the health benefits of Michigan cherries and blueberries and has led to discoveries that have been licensed and marketed for both human and animal health,” college dean Jeffrey Armstrong said.
Nair’s lab searches for antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, nematicidal, and mosquitocidal compounds from natural and synthetic sources. He holds 49 U.S. and 30 international patents. Commercial application of his work has allowed MSU to license intellectual property and natural products to companies marketing the technology in human and animal health products.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a life member of the Indian Cancer Society.