This book is part of the book series titled Natural Products Chemistry of Global Plants, and examines the rich plant diversity of...
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This book is part of the book series titled Natural Products Chemistry of Global Plants, and examines the rich plant diversity of Turkey, with descriptions of the plants and pharmacognosy properties. There is a focus on the chemistry of natural products and areas rich in folklore and botanical medicinal uses are covered with a particular interest in the region of Anatolia. This book focuses on the chemistry of the natural products, and where possible links these molecules to pharmacological modes of action. Students and professionals interested in the ethnobotany, chemistry, pharmacology and biological activites of species used medicinally in Turkey will benefit from this book.
Addresses the rich chemistry of the natural products and their respective biosynthetic building blocks
Includes the association that many of the extracts have today with important drugs, nutrition products, beverages, perfumes, cosmetics and pigments
Describes the key natural products and their extracts, with emphasis on sources, their complex molecules and applications in science
Fills a gap in our understanding of medicinal plants, specifically in Turkey
Provides an in-depth understanding of medicinal plants from Turkey, and their complex chemistry and structures
Professor Ufuk Koca-Caliskan
Professor Ufuk Koca-Caliskan received her diploma from Gazi University, Faculty of Pharmacy in Turkey. She has a Master degree in Biochemistry (Washington State University, USA); PhD degree in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (University of Florida, USA). She now holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Botany, at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Gazi University. She is an expert in Phytotherapy and Aromatherapy and a long interest in plants and their healing properties, collecting folk medicine recepies at an early age from healers.
Ufuk studied the production and enhancing anticancer compound podophyllotoxin derivatives in linum flavum and L. usitatissimum callus and suspension cultures, followed by a project dealing with the decreasing bitter taste of grapefruit via manipulation of the flavonoid pathway by means of gene transfer during her PhD at the University of Florida. After her PhD, she returned to the Gazi University, Faculty of Pharmacy and established a plant tissue culture laboratory She also served as an Administrator at her University as a vice dean and dean of the Graduate School of Health Sciences, where she established nonthesis programs in Nursing and Phytotherapy, and worked on to increase the success and the quality of the education in Health Sciences. She also served as the ERASMUS constitutional coordinator for 4 years at the University.
Ufuk serving as an editorial or review board member on various international and national journals published more than 60 papers, including 15 book chapters.