Marie-Aleth Lacaille-Dubois

University of Burgundy, France
Lecture Title: 
"New Trends in the Research of Bioactive Plant Saponins"

Pr. Marie-Aleth Lacaille-Dubois is full Professor in Pharmacognosy at the Health Science Faculty, Department of Pharmacy, University of Burgundy Franche-Comté (Dijon, France), where she has spent her entire career. After a Pharmacist degree (1974, Dijon), she was Doctor in Pharmacognosy (1980,1983), and completed two post-doctoral stays (Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology, Munich University, Germany and Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan) in 1984 and 1987, respectively and became Professor in 1990. From 2002 to 2011 she was head of the research team "Molecules of Biological Interest, UMIB", Burgundy University, and since 2012, she joined the EA 4267 (PEPITE, University of Franche-Comté). She received several awards and distinctions (Prizewinner of the National Academy of Pharmacy, Prize Pelletier AFERP 2016…) and fellowships (JSPS programs, and others). Her current research focuses on the isolation, structure elucidation and biological assessment of natural compounds, particularly triterpenoids, steroids, polyphenols and alkaloids with cytotoxic, antitumor, immunomodulatory, antiinflammatory and antimicrobial activities from the tropical plant biodiversity. She has co-authored around 190 publications, 1 patent, 8 book chapters, 250 communications, and 60 invited lectures. She was a supervisor of 30 PhD students. Furthermore, she served in a variety of advisory and editorial committees (Phytochemistry, Phytomedicine, Natural Product communications, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Botany Letters, etc). She is involved in several international research projects with India, Venezuela, Algeria and others.